FWP postpone hunter and bowhunter education classes

Jackson Mcmurrey
Thursday, March 19, 2020

As of March 16, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has postponed, at least until March 30, all hunter education and bowhunter education classes statewide in response to state and national attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. With this, all classroom courses and field days for online students will be postponed. In consideration to those affected, Montana FWP will spend the next two weeks developing plans and solutions to determine the best and most convenient compromise to the situation at hand.

For those who took part in the registration and orientation at Laurel High School on Monday, March 9 and for the classes supposed to take place this week and next week, changes to the schedule will happen accordingly in due time, and the FWP plans on informing those who registered of any updated outcomes made in that regard.

Stated in the March 16 news release on the Montana Fish and Wildlife website, “During the time that classes are postponed, FWP will work on a a plan for moving forward based on availability of venues and volunteers and further development in response to the virus.”

Bob Gibson, education program manager (FWP, Region 5), has ensured that this break in hunter education classes will give them the time needed to fully prepare themselves for the weeks ahead, and are in the process of resolving faced conflict and finding comfort in their current status. A main concern right now is when these adjustments can take place, and how. With school classrooms being a common venue for hunter education, new venues for these classes might likely need to be re-coordinated as schools continue to either stay shut down, or keep social interaction to an utmost minimal.

There will still be plenty of options available for obtaining a hunting license this spring, summer, and fall according to the FWP, it is just a matter of waiting for the smoke to clear at this point. Weeklong courses could be compressed into a weekend, etc. FWP is working with the schools, possible venues, and volunteers to find the most sensible course of action, given that everyone was and still is affected differently by the pandemic.

Given the uncertainty of the specific conclusions that may come forth, it is important for individuals to stay aware of the constant changes happening. More current information and up-to-date news regarding education classes and further changes to FPW are posted, as it is available, on their state and regional Facebook and Twitter online pages and website - http://fwp.mt.gov.

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