Area hunters needing to become Texas Hunter Education certified by the state will have an opportunity to take the course this weekend in Stephenville.

Volunteer instructor and local resident Calvin Hudson is offering the two-day course this Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1, at the Box H Bird Ranch, located 7.1 miles south of Stephenville off of FM 914.

The Texas Hunter Education course provides instruction in the state’s hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.

Every hunter, including out-of-state hunters, born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course, said Hudson. The minimum age of certification is 9 years of age.

The course fee is $25 per person and includes materials and a meal on Saturday, as well as refreshments. The course will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

After arrival at the course, participants will fill out a student registration form, pay the $25 fee to the instructor, attend the entire course and take a written exam. To pass, the participant must get at least 70 percent of questions correct. Upon successful completion of the course, a temporary card will be issued to the participant.

“The certification is good for life and every state in every country honors the certification,” said Hudson, “that’s the good thing about it.”

Hunters are not required to have the Texas Hunter Education certification to purchase a hunting license in the state of Texas, but will run the risk of being caught by a game warden, said Hudson.

The course instructor says he usually offers the course in the fall, just before dove season, but has experienced a conflict with many youth due to football season.

To register for the course, contact Calvin Hudson at (254) 967-1813 by 8 p.m. today. The course is limited to the first 25 participants.