Classes will focus on upland bird, muzzleloader hunting
PRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is planning two advanced hunter education classes this fall. Each will focus on a specific aspect of hunting -- one on upland birds and the other on muzzleloader hunting.

The upland bird course will be conducted Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on private land immediately north of the Byron Walker Wildlife Area west of Kingman. This course is designed for individuals who have not hunted upland birds but are interested in beginning this fascinating hunting activity. The clinic will provide basic instruction on upland birds and their habitat, safety, bird dogs, retrieving strategies (with and without dogs), shooting instruction with clay targets, and an opportunity to hunt pheasants in typical upland cover over pointing and/or flushing dogs.

Each participant will have the opportunity to harvest at least two pheasants. Participants will clean and prepare birds for the table. Each will leave with some time-tested recipes. All ammunition for target shooting and hunting will be provided, 12- and 20-gauge only.

The class is limited to 16 students age 12 or older. Pre-registration is required. Contact KDWP's Hunter Education Section at 620-672-0777 or 0768. Detailed directions will be provided at registration. Participants are encouraged to bring their own shotguns. A limited number of shotguns will be available if needed. A $25 fee covers cost of shells, targets, birds, lunch, and additional items.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, KDWP will conduct a muzzleloading advanced hunter education course near Overbrook from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course will provide novice muzzleloader hunters with the knowledge and experience to safely enjoy muzzleloader hunting.

Subjects will include muzzleloader actions, advantages, and limitations; caliber and gauge; projectile type advantages, disadvantages, and relationship to barrel twist; propellant types; cleaning techniques and supplies; and accessories and tips to help beginning muzzleloader hunters.

At the shooting range, proper loading techniques will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to shoot various muzzleloading firearms.

Pre-registration is required. Send a check for $10 made out to KDWP Wildtrust Fund to Doug Nulik, 482 E. 120 N., Peck, KS 67120. Fees from registrants who decide not to attend will be donated to the Hunter Education Program to help fund future projects.

All class supplies will be provided, but participants must bring their own lunch. Email muzzlehunter@sbcglobal.net for further information.