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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Free Hunter Education courses slated for this month

Free Hunter Education courses slated for this month

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will host a free Hunter Education Classroom Course and a Hunter Education Field Day in October for anyone ages 10 or older.

The next classroom course will be offered Saturday, October 24 through Sunday, October 25. The course will begin with the classroom portion on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lafourche Fire District #3 Galliano Station, located at 17462 West Main Street in Galliano.

The class will resume on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the LPSO Shooting Range located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. Participants must attend BOTH days of the class and pass a written and practical exam to be certified.

As an alternative to the two day course, a Home Study Course is available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website. Those who complete the home study course must take their completion voucher to a "Field Day" to complete their hunter education.

The next Field Day will be offered on Wednesday, October 21 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the LPSO Shooting Range. Entry to the Field Day will be denied unless the completed forms are presented. There will be a written test required to complete the Field Day. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required.

For more information, or for assistance with online registration, call the LPSO Training Academy at (985) 449-4480 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email Lieutenant Nolan Smith at

Anyone born after September 1, 1969, who wishes to obtain a hunting license in Louisiana, must successfully complete a hunter education course. Exceptions may be granted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for active or veteran members of the United States armed services, for any P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officer, or for persons who are under the direct supervision of a person 18-years or older who is already licensed and has taken the approved course. Exceptions must be applied for and approved by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.