Hunting certification classes offered

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its hunting class starting Oct. 18. This is the last one that Lincoln Parish is hosting for the rest of the year.

This class is required to get a hunting license if an individual is 16 years old or older. Once individuals complete the course, they get a lifetime certification. If the person attending is 10 to 15 years old, they can attend but are only eligible for an attendance certificate.

Deputy Sheriff Mike Rainwater explained what participants learn in the class.

“First and foremost, they are teaching firearm safety,” Rainwater said.

He said that he believes that having these classes in person is better than doing it online.

These classes are taught with the state wildlife fisheries instructions in mind.

Outside of firearm safety, topics that are discussed include ethical behavior, wildlife management, knowing firearm parts, basic survival skills including water safety, and special concerns of hunting.

Rainwater emphasized a specific part of the class, which is tree stand safety. 

Live firearm safety is part of the class, and it is mandatory.

These classes are offered at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex in Ruston, and they are free to the public. Seats are limited to 30 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information, contact Rainwater or Lieutenant Kyle Luker at 318-251-5111.


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