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This year’s annual Hunter Safety Orientation is different because of the pandemic.

Hunters new to Redstone will have to take the virtual Hunter Safety Orientation on one of the scheduled dates for the hourlong class.

“They’re all going to be held on the Team Redstone Facebook page,” Tom Pyburn, manager of Outdoor Recreation, said. “These are all virtual this year.”

The classes are 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. This briefing is required for people new to hunting on Redstone Arsenal. If someone has hunted on post for the past two years, they are not required to attend the class.

“This class is held because there are a lot of things that hunters that are new to Redstone Arsenal need to know about policies and procedures specific to Redstone Arsenal,” Pyburn said.

His fellow instructors include game warden Kelly Smith, wildlife biologist Justin Pfluger and recreation specialist Frederick Anderson.

The Facebook site for the class is www.facebook.com/teamredstone.

Normally held at Heiser Hall, attendance usually ranges from 80 to 100 people each session.

Redstone hunting begins in September with dove season then moves into small game season, which is rabbit and squirrel. Deer season begins with bow Oct. 15 and gun Nov. 21. Waterfowl season starts Nov. 27-28, kicks off in earnest Dec. 5 and runs through Jan. 31. For information call 876-4868.

“It’s a privilege for us to be able to hunt here on Redstone,” Pyburn said. “We have beautiful habitat here on post. The Outdoor Recreation team is always excited to see hunting season roll around as it’s the end of a long hot summer and the chance for us to reconnect with our great hunters.”

For more information about hunting and other Outdoor Recreation programs, visit www.RedstoneMWR.com.

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