DIGGING DEEPER: Taking a closer look at hunter safety course coming to Iowa schools

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BUTLER COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Hunter Education Course is coming to the North Butler and Clarksville Community School Districts next month.

Butler County Naturalist Steve Martin will be the main instructor teaching the course. He says classes will start the first week of February.

“Students are going to learn about how firearms operate. The biggest thing we’re going to stress is how to handle them correctly and properly, so that it keeps people safe,” Martin says.

This course will not ONLY focus on firearms. Martin adds, “There will be some safety and survival things and some first aid. So there’s a wide variety of things we cover in this course.”

The school districts will not pay for this course.

Martin says, “Because this is a DNR-run program, all of the books are provided for by the DNR. My time is provided by the Butler County Conservation Board.” Martin also had to go through proper training in order to teach this.

He says hunter safety will be a part of the 8th grade P.E. Curriculum at Clarksville. It will be a part of the 7th and 8th grade P.E. Curriculum at North Butler.

There will also be a class that 9th- 12th graders can take in the evenings. No operable firearms or live ammunition will be used during the class. If a parent strongly opposes this or has concerns, they can opt out.

The course will be about a month long. Martin tells KWWL that he believes there are 17 other school districts in Iowa that are also teaching this course.

Last Spring Clarksville teenager Kain Schild sadly died in an accidental shooting. His dad released a statement saying, “Ginger and I lost our son to a shooting accident on May 10. I think all children and adults should learn about firearm safety, whether they have a gun in the house or not. It doesn’t matter whether they’re hunters or not, everybody should learn firearm safety.”

 

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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