Glut of hunter safety classes offered this month n Southland

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Glut of hunter safety classes offered this month in Southland

Jim Matthews

8/7/02

LONG BEACH -- With under 30 days left until the Sept. 1 dove season opener, first-time California hunters will need to take a 10-hour hunter safety class in order to purchase a hunting license and participate in what is expected to be one of the best dove openers in several years. The good news? Most of the instructors in Southern California are offering at least one class this month so new hunters should easily be able to find a class near their home.

Turner's Outdoorsman, which has reinstituted its class program, will be hosting three more classes this month -- August 11, 18, and 25 -- after hosting a pair of classes this past weekend. For info on the Turner's classes, call (909) 735-2361.

Other regular classes include Blaine Allen's classes at the Inland Fish and Game range in Redlands this Saturday and Aug. 24, Derek Fong's class at Oak Tree Gun Club in Santa Clarita held over two days -- August 10 and 14, the West End Gun Club class run by Jim Everitt in Upland on Sunday, Aug. 18, the Insight Shooting Range class run by Rick Royse in Artesia on August 23 and 24, and Ron Owen's class at Prado Shooting Range in Chino, also Aug. 24.

There are about 20 other classes being held from Calipatria to Cherry Valley to Chula Vista to Santa Maria. For more information on other classes, locations and contact numbers, check the DFG's website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/index.html, or call the recorded line at (562) 590-5670. The recorded line is incomplete, but hunters can also call (562) 590-5185 for the DFG hunter education office and a live person can give you information about a class near you.
 


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