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Upcoming hunter safety course in Walters

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Walters, OK (KSWO) - It's hunting season and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife wants to make sure people are safe while hunting, which is why they’re offering free hunter education classes all over the state.

 The first class will be held in Walters this weekend. During the class, they'll go over a variety of things like gun safety, tree stand safety and hunter responsibility. 

Wildlife officials said hunter education classes have reduced hunting-related accidents in the state of Oklahoma. They’ve seen hunting-related accidents and fatalities decrease by more than 70 percent over the past 40 years.

Oklahoma Game Warden Brayden Hicks said the hunting education class teaches both kids and adults everything related to hunting.

"We just want people to be safe and kinda have the know what they're doing that way they can stay out of tough situations," Hicks said.

The course is required for hunters under the age of 30.

"Once you have your hunter education you can hunt by yourself. Now minors who are under the age of 16 they still have to be accompanied by an adult," he said.

While Hicks's biggest concern is safety, he also says following the rules is also important.

"Hunting is a fair chase game, you want the animal to have the same fair chance as you do,” Hicks said. “So, we just want to make sure everyone follows the laws, stays safe and that nobody gets injured."

Another thing this class offers is an opportunity to get the younger generations interested in hunting.

"Technology is something that everybody's got nowadays,” he said. “It's kinda taken over. This gets kids off the couch, out in the outdoors and they get to experience things like back it was before we had phones and computers and stuff like that."

The free hunter safety course will be held Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cotton County Expo Building in Walters. Children must be 10-years-old to take the test, but Hicks said kids under 10 can still attend. 

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