SPOKANE - Young hunters needing to fulfill Washington's hunter education requirement can register Sept. 7-13 for a special jamboree-style course at a camp on Diamond Lake north of Spokane.
The free hunter education jamboree will be conducted for up to 200 students Sept. 24-26 at Camp Cowles, a Boy Scout of America camp located on the north shore of Diamond Lake, ten miles west of Newport in Pend Oreille County.
Washington law requires that all individuals born after January 1, 1972 must show proof of successful completion of the hunter education course before purchasing a first-time hunting license.
The course will start with a check-in from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, then run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The course continues 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. It will cover all the basic requirements of the hunter education program, plus range and field exercises, including live firing practice.
Registration for the jamboree must be made in person Sept. 7 -13 at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) eastern regional office at 8702 N. Division St. in Spokane, during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Registration can also be made at the Sportsman's Warehouse in the Spokane Valley Mall (14014 E. Indiana Ave.) on Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept.12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registrants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian's signature. No late registrations will be allowed. Student manuals and reading assignments will be provided at registration. The jamboree is free but donations to the Washington Hunter Education Instructors Association will be accepted to help defray costs.