Hunter education class teaches proper hunting and safety techniques

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HUEYTOWN, Ala. (WIAT) — Many people across the state are looking forward to the fall for a number of reasons – college football, cooler weather and, for many people, hunting season.

With hunting season around the corner, it’s important for hunters to understand the rules of the woods.

A hunter education class held Wednesday night aimed to do just that.

The class was attended by numerous people, mostly young and almost exclusively male.

Most of the women on hand for the class were there so they can go hunting with their husbands or boyfriends.

However, that’s not the case for Stephanie Presley. Presley attended the class so she can take her son hunting.

“This is something that he wants to do and that he has a passion for,” Presley said. “For him to be able to do it, momma’s got to get her’s, too.”

Her son, Jacob, is grateful and  thinks that his mom’s decision is pretty cool.

“Usually, kids go hunting with their dad,” Jacob said.

The class covered a wide variety of topics, from trapping to tree stands.

Instructor Steve Corvin says the biggest issue is safety.

“We had a bad year last year. We had five fatalities related to hunting,” Corvin explained. “We have had a marked decrease since we started teaching the hunter education program.”

The class’ students must complete eight hours of education requirements to be able to get their hunting license. The current session will go until Friday.

Alabama state law states anyone born after August 1, 1977, must take the course before they can legally hunt.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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