Two generations of Iveys will be providing the hours and information required before obtaining a California hunting license.
Bruce Ivey and his son Steve, both licensed instructors, will conduct the classes Friday, Aug. 9 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Department of Water and Power’s assembly room, 201 S. Webster in Independence.
The course includes elements of hunter safety, wildlife management, how to handle a fire arm, gun/hunting vocabulary, as well as the ethics and responsibility of hunting.
“Hunting is unique,” said Bruce Ivey. “If you play ball, the referee is there at all times to correct or penalize (players). With hunting, you’re on your own. A code of ethics is important in the field.”
Ivey stressed that ethics and wildlife management are important to the sport. “We have a responsibility to future generations,” he said.
Both Iveys have gone through the licensing process for hunter education instruction, from instructor courses to assisting licensed teachers as well as the background checks necessary for licensing. “Every year we’re required to take an in-service training course,” Ivey said.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division is offering a 4-hour follow-up course Aug. 3 in Bishop. The DFW course requires applicants to have taken and passed an online study portion and examination.
The Ivey’s two-day session incorporates all the elements from the combination online and 4-hour classroom session.
The cost of the course is two dozen homemade cookies with preference given to those who bring sugar cookies with raisons.
For more information, contact Bruce Ivey at (760) 878-2127 or Steve Ivey at (760) 878-2370.