Each year in January, the Vernon Hills Police Department hosts a two-day Hunter Safety & Education Course. The course is taught by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is one of many that are offered throughout the state.
Under Illinois law, anyone born on or after January 1, 1980 is required to take this course before they can obtain an Illinois hunting license. The class also fulfills requirements for adults wishing to obtain a hunting license in other states.
Safe handling of firearms is covered as well as the use of long guns, handguns, bow hunting, muzzle loading and survival. Additional emphasis is given to conservation, ethics, hunter responsibility and hunting law.
The mandatory 10-hour instruction block is broken up into two days, with some extra time built in for breaks. Participants must attend all 10 hours to receive their certification from the DNR.
Our next class will be January 2014, typically on a Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm AND a Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm.
The class is held at the Vernon Hills Police Department (address on left). While the class is free, it is limited to the first 30 participants. Those interested in the training should contact Officer Sharon Joseph at 847-247-4889 or via e-mail (preferred). Please provide your name, age (if under 18), city of residence, phone number and e-mail address. Children under the age of 12 are required to have an adult present.
Click here to check on the dates and locations of the other hunter safety courses offered by the DNR.