MADISON (WKOW) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said over 1 million people have graduated from its hunter safety program.
More than 25,000 students completed the hunter safety program in 2011. The course has a minimum of 10 hours of instruction, which includes demonstrations and practical exercises. Students also learn how hunting accidents are caused and how to prevent them.
The program started in Dunn County in 1967. DNR hunter education administrator Jon King said the course is taught by volunteer instructors who want to pass on their passion for hunting. King also said the instructors can be credited for zero fatalities during the 2010 and 2011 gun-deer seasons.
In 2011, there were 924 classes offered by 3,802 volunteer instructors. The DNR also offers courses online with bilingual instructors.
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