Hunter education class passes 28 participants _lowres

Photo provided by Crystal Maples -- A Hunter Education safety class was held Sept. 26-27 in Clinton and sponsored by 20th Judicial District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla and his office staff, along with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries representatives. Class participants watch as volunteer B.J. Parent, from left, D’Aquilla and volunteers Madison McGehee and Amber Clayton engage in a demonstration.

Twentieth Judicial District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla sponsored a hunter education safety class at the American Legion Hall in Clinton from Sept. 26-27.

The class was instructed by District Attorney Investigator Shane Bourgeois and assisted by instructor Billy Burkette, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Garrett Kimble, Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Manager Wayne Higginbotham and D’Aquilla.

State law requires mandatory hunter education for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, unless they are under direct supervision of a qualified person — someone older than 18 who has a valid hunting license or proof of completion of a hunter education course, D’Aquilla said.

All hunters must successfully complete the two-day class prior to purchasing a hunting license.

Program goals are to prevent hunting accidents and to teach hunters about their responsibilities and roles in conservation, while covering firearm and hunting safety and responsibility; ethics; wildlife management principles; game identification; and outdoor survival and safety.

Assisting with the course were Crystal Maples, Lisa Morris and Marcy Robinson, of the District Attorney’s Office.

Twenty-eight people passed the course.