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FREE Instructor-Led Hunting Course at Pleasant Hill Lake Park

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) staff are offering a FREE two-day, instructor-led hunting course.

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Participants must attend both days (a total of about 12 hours) sitting in a classroom environment and following instructions. The final exam is written at a 4th-grade level and participants must answer 75% correctly to pass.

Hunting Course Information

Participants should head to the Welcome Center Building at Pleasant Hill Lake Park on March 25 and 26, 2023. The hunting course will be from 9 am to 5 pm on both days. There will be a lunch break each day. Please bring your own food as there are no nearby restaurant options. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

At this time, registration is full. An additional course will be held at Charles Mill Lake Park in October. Registration will open later in 2023.

Certified volunteers and MWCD staff will be there to teach the courses. They are specially trained by the ODNR and highly qualified to help you learn. Instructors will cover a range of topics, from conservation, safety, and ethics to the proper handling of shotguns, handguns, bowhunting gear, and more. You should not bring firearms or archery equipment to class – all necessary equipment will be provided.

After the coursework, there will be a 100-question multiple-choice test. Students must score 75% or higher to pass and obtain certification. Hunter education is a requirement for all first-time license buyers in Ohio, except those who hunt with an apprentice license.

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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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