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PIERRE, S.D – This is the time for youngsters between the ages of 11 and 16 to prepare for the next South Dakota hunting season by taking a HuntSAFE course.

Any resident youth who is at least 12 years of age, or will turn 12 by Dec 31, may apply for or buy a hunting license and may hunt in any open season beginning Sept. 1 if they have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess a hunter education card.

HuntSAFE classes in South Dakota are offered across the state from February through October. Most of the classes are held during the late summer and early fall to accommodate new hunters wishing to purchase licenses for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.

“Almost 300 volunteer instructors will be presenting HuntSAFE classes across the state this year,” said Curt Robertson, hunter safety program specialist for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks. “Young people needing to take the HuntSAFE class should now be preparing to find a class in their area so they will be eligible to purchase licenses for the upcoming hunting seasons.”

HuntSAFE classes aren’t just for kids, though. Many parents attend the classes with their children so they can have a refresher course on proper firearm safety procedures. Upon the successful completion of the course, adults also will be issued hunter safety cards. Many states require adults to have hunter education cards no matter what the hunters’ ages. The card are also required for all adult mentors if they wish to take youths hunting under the provisions of the youth mentoring program.
For information on area HuntSAFE classes, visit the GFP Web site at



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