One-day courses to focus on waterfowl hunting techniques, wingshooting
PRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Hunter Education Section is offering two courses in advanced hunter education geared toward waterfowl hunting. The first course will be held Aug. 15 at the McPherson Valley Wetlands, northwest of McPherson. The second course will be held Oct. 3 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located on U.S. Highway 156 northeast of Great Bend on Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.

If you've never participated in the thrill of hunting waterfowl, or if you've hunted before but would like to learn more, this is the course for you. Each course will feature round-robin training, with participants learning techniques for calling, decoy setting, safety and tactics, conservation, duck identification, retrieving (with and without dogs), and prevention of wounding loss. In addition, participants will pattern shotguns, learn range estimation techniques, and practice shooting clay targets with nontoxic shotshells. Instructors will include experienced duck hunters gleaned from the ranks of KDWP staff and Hunter Education Program volunteers.

A $25 pre-registration fee is required but will be refunded to all registrants who show up for the course. The registration deadline for the August course is Aug. 11. The registration deadline for the October course is Sept. 29. Each class is limited to 40 participants. To register, contact the KDWP Hunter Education Section at 620-672-5911. Advanced hunter education courses are designed to hone the skills of hunters in specific areas. They do not meet the state requirements for hunter education certification.