For those interested in the sport of hunting, the Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services is sponsoring a Hunter’s Safety class held by the NDOW (Nevada Division of Wildlife) that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mesquite Community Senior Center located at 102 W. Old Mill Rd. The class teaches individuals the fundamentals of hunting and how to avoid a hunting accident.

The deadline to register with the Mesquite Recreation Center and online with NDOW is Saturday, Nov. 21.

“Hunter Safety education is a mandatory program for those individuals who are interested in hunting that requires a license or draw tag,” said Nicholas Montoya, The Department’s Director and NDOW Instructor. The program is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, wildlife identification, the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety.

“Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics,” Montoya added.

“Hunting can bring you a lifetime of enjoyment if you are safe and responsible.” NDOW Hunter Safety Instructor Wade Hughes said. The Today’s Hunters Workbook must be fully completed and brought back to class on Saturday, Dec. 5. You must pre-register with the NDOW on line after you pick up all class room materials at the Mesquite Recreation Center. The workbook must be 100 percent complete prior to attending class. Class size is limited to 20 people.

There is a minimum age required to take the class which is 12 years old. The parent(s) or guardian(s) of minor students are required to check-in the minor student(s) with NDOW instructors at the beginning of class and pick-up their student(s) from the instructors when the class ends. Parents or guardians are also solely responsible for student transportation and should notify the instructors at the beginning of class if someone other than a parent or guardian is picking up the student after class.