With white-tailed deer season on the horizon, area hunters will have an opportunity to become Texas Hunter Education certified on Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteer instructor and local resident Calvin Hudson is offering the two-day course at Box H Ranch, just outside of Stephenville.

The course provides instruction on the state's hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.

According to Hudson, every hunter born after Sept. 2, 1971, including out-of-staters, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. The minimum age of certification is 9.

"The certification is good for life and every state in every country honors the certification," Hudson said, adding that class size is limited.

To register for the hunter education course or for more information, call Hudson at (254) 967-1813.

According to www.tpwd.state.tx.us, the website for Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), white-tailed season for hunters who chose archery as their sport, have only days left to do so as the archery season ends Nov. 5.

General season opens Nov. 6 and will continue through Jan. 2, 2011.

For young bucks looking to bag a big one, Special Youth-Only Season are as follows: early open season will be held Oct. 30-31. Late open season will be held Jan. 3-16.

The website says bag limits, provision for the take of antlerless deer, and special requirements of the county, shall be as specified for the first two days of the general open season.

In regards to youth-only season, the website also says licensed hunters 16 and younger may hunt deer by any lawful means.

Rules and regulation for the upcoming season may also be found online at the TPWD website.