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With temperatures over the weekend in the 90's, it's really hard to believe that it's hunting season here in Louisiana, but it is.

We kicked off dove season on September 4.  Next was Teal Season that began this past Saturday, September 11, and it will continue through September 26.

Next on the list is opening day of Archery Season for Deer here in Area 2, which is set to begin on October 1. Squirrel season then begins on October 2nd.

After that it's regular gun season for deer which opens October 30. And duck season's opening day here in the West Zone is set for November 13.

And if you've got a teenager who'll need to get their hunting license for the first time, or you're new to Louisiana and will have to purchase your hunting license here for the first time, you'll need to complete your Hunter Education Course before you can actually get that license.

In Louisiana, persons born on or after September 1, 1969, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course in order to hunt in the state of Louisiana.

The Hunter Education courses can actually be taken online, but lots of students seem to prefer the classroom environment and say they learn a lot more from this type of instruction.

Luckily, two of these classes are scheduled to begin tonight, September 13 and at last check, there were still a number of seats available. And these courses are free to Louisiana residents.

One of these will be conducted at the LDWF Minden Office, tonight through Wednesday, September 15, from 6:00 pm through 9:30 pm.

Another will be held at the Red River Fire Station in Coushatta, from tonight through Wednesday, September 15, from 6:00 pm through 9:30 pm.

To register for either of these classes, just go HERE to the LDWF website.

If starting a class tonight is inconvenient for you, there is another class set to run September 22 through September 25 at the Barksdale Air Force Base Natural Resource Building.  For access to base, call Paul Williamson at 318-453-0991 before the day of the class.

However, if you would like to take the course online, there is a $19.95 charge, but the approved online course is available HERE.

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