Class required of all hunters born on or after July 1, 1957; new law exempts young hunters under adult supervision

PRATT -- Hunting season is just around the corner, and for many first-time hunters, that means taking a hunter education course prior to the season openers. In most cases, anyone born on or after July 1, 1957, must successfully complete an approved course in hunter education before hunting in Kansas. However, a new law now allows anyone younger than 16 to hunt without hunter education certification if they are under direct supervision of an adult 18 or older. Hunters 12 years of age and older may hunt without adult supervision provided they possess a valid hunter education certificate and the appropriate licenses and/or permits. No one younger than age 11 can be certified, but once a hunter turns 16, hunter education is required.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a number of courses to accommodate those who have not yet taken one. The following is a list of currently-scheduled courses. Others will be scheduled in the future. Most courses require pre-registration. Contact KDWP's Pratt Operations Office, 620-672-5911, for names and numbers of coordinating instructors, or check the KDWP online class schedule .