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Bow hunter

SPRINGFIELD A free bow hunter educational course will be offered at the Smith and Wesson factory, 2100 Roosevelt Ave. in Springfield on Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested persons must pre-register by calling 978-632-7648.

Those attending are asked to bring their bows and arrows, if they have them. Attendance is open to adult men and women, as well as minors over 10 years of age with parental permission.

These courses are offered throughout the state by the Massachusetts Environmental Police in cooperation with the International Bowhunter Education Foundation. The program is presented by certified volunteer instructors of the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program for both the experienced and novice hunter. Among the topics to be covered: hunter safety, ethics, selection of equipment, game preparation and hunting methods, including tracking.

Each course graduate receives a state Bowhunter Certificate. These Massachusetts courses are honored by other U.S. states and Canadian provinces which require such training of archery hunters.

For additional information on courses, write Hunter Education, P.O. Box 408, Westminster, MA 01473 or call 978-632-7648.