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WCSD considers hunting courses

Members of the Warren County School District school board think offering a hunter-trapper education course would be a benefit to the student body.

Board member Joe Colosimo introduced an item to the board, citing programs in other states in which schools provide hunter safety courses to all students who do not opt out. “It fits the demographic of our area perfectly,” he said. “A lot of school districts are moving to hunters ed.”

“I’d be interested in providing the opportunity,” board member Marcy Morgan said.

The district has offered hunter education programs in the past, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Eric Mineweaser said.

Board members backed away from offering the course as a physical education substitution option because, “hunter safety is book work,” board President Donna Zariczny said.

The program would be intended for middle level students. Mineweaser said it would be a good fit for advisory periods.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has historically provided instructors for hunter education classes in schools. New instructors may be certified through the Game Commission.

Some board members said their children have had to travel outside the county to hunter education classes.

The Game Commission will host three hunter-trapper education classes in Warren County this year.

There will be two at Brokenstraw Fish and Game Club, Youngsville (March 28 and July 11), and one at Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club, Clarendon (April 4).

The six-hour classes are open to prospective hunters ages 11 and up.

More information about those classes may be found under the education tab at the Pennsylvania Game Commission website — www.pgc.pa.gov.

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