Jamboree will allow students to complete hunter education course

A hunter education jamboree to be held in Yakima in June will allow prospective hunters to fulfill their field skills requirement.

Online registration for the event is open through May 15.

All prospective Washington hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972, are required to show proof of hunter education course completion before purchasing their first hunting license.

The jamboree is meant for those people who have completed the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s online hunter education coursework.

Field skills requirements include a review of the online course content, including safety, firearms, first aid and conservation topics, as well as hands-on firearm handling and live fire practice.

The jamboree will take place at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Fife, 8370 Bumping River Road, near Goose Prairie, south of Bumping Lake. Three sessions will be offered: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. June 6, and 8 a.m.-noon June 7.

Each of the three sessions can accommodate up to 100 pre-registered students.

The jamboree will be conducted by hunter education coordinators from the department and more than 30 volunteer instructors from all over the state, said Aaron Garcia, south-central region hunter education and volunteer coordinator.

Garcia said there are many campgrounds in the area for use by those who want to arrive the night before a session.