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New interest in hunter-safety classes to meet concealed carry training requirements


UNDATED (WSAU) - Wisconsin’s hunter safety classes appear to be filling up more quickly this fall. And at least some hunters are not happy about competing for spots with those who want to carry concealed weapons.

The concealed carry law that takes effect November first requires a state permit and some type of education. And while the state has not spelled out specific training requirements, the law says a hunter safety course is enough. Bill Yearman of the state D-N-R says he’s gotten complaints that safety courses in central Wisconsin are getting full too soon. He says some of the adults who signed up might want to fulfill the training requirement to get a hunting license – but many are probably signing up so they can get their concealed carry permits.

In northeast Wisconsin, instructor John Johnson says his safety class is full – and he hasn’t heard anything about people signing up to get a concealed carry permit. Ed Culhane of the D-N-R says hunter safety courses might not be appropriate for those wanting to carry hidden weapons – because there’s not a self-defense element. He also said the hunter safety classes are geared toward rifles and shotguns, while concealed carry involves only handguns. Culhane says those who’ve taken hunter safety courses in the past don’t need to take them to get a concealed carry permit.