Upcoming events will help hunters get ready for seasons

Send that black Lab and yourself to the new Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl360.com website and get tuned up for the coming waterfowl season.

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, it’s time to start thinking about hunting.

Specifically, getting ready for hunting, and a few events in the next month or so will help you take care of some important particulars for which you otherwise might not find time.

Basic rifle and shotgun instructor class — The Grand Valley Training Club and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are hosting a National Rifle Association Basic Rifle and Shotgun instructor class from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the CPW Hunter Education building and shooting range, 711 Independent Ave.

This isn’t a “how to shoot” class, it’s a “how to teach shooting” class, said Linn Armstrong, an NRA Senior Training Counselor.

He said nearly a dozen local Boys Scouts of America troop leaders already have registered for the class, which is designed to train leaders in instructing younger scouts about safe rifle and shotgun handling.

“We will teach them how to teach,” Armstrong said. “Scouts can then earn merit badges for successfully completing a training course taught by these leaders.”

The three-day course includes NRA-trained instructors teaching classroom lectures and hands-on instruction during live-fire exercises.

Students also will be taught how to safely fire a shotgun and rifle from the standing and kneeling positions.

“Familiarity with firearms is a valuable life skill,” Armstrong said. “When the class is complete, the troop leaders will be able to teach young scouts how to be skilled, safe, and responsible when it comes to firearms.”

Armstrong said the Grand Valley Training Club has been training troop leaders and young scouts about gun safety for the past 15 years.

For information and registration, contact Armstrong at 464-5177.

Elk hunting 101 — Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach program is hosting an introductory seminar on hunting elk in Colorado on Sept. 26 in Denver.

The seminar is open to any novice elk hunter and will include tips on elk habitat and habits, hunting tactics and techniques.

The seminar is 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the CPW offices, 6060 Broadway.

If you want to make the drive or know someone on the Front Range who might benefit from the lesson, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 303-291-7804 and leave a message with your name,  address and phone number.

Finally, at least for this week, Ducks Unlimited has just announced the launch of Waterfowl360.com, an interactive website for waterfowl hunters.

According to the DU press release, the site includes everything from preseason preparation to late-season tactics, including new gear reviews and how to prepare and fine-tune your skills before your first day in the field.

While the site also offers special sections for decoy strategies, duck calling, shooting, retriever training, videos and hunting tips, the main focus is on the 2011-2012 migration.

Hunters will find an updated waterfowl migration map with current and forecasted weather conditions and current reports from DU field editors around the nation.

Send that rowdy black Lab of yours over to http://www.ducks.org/hunting for a quick tune-up.


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