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Registration opens for hunter safety class in Vale

Don Hodge will teach the hunter safety class for the 20th year this August. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Don Hodge believes people should know how to handle firearms.

That’s why Hodge takes teaching the fundamentals of hunter safety seriously and beginning the first week in August he will log his 20th year instructing area youth and adults on how to be safe with weapons. Hodge, along with Vale resident Topper Schlupe, teach two hunter safety classes a year.

“We have them as young as eight. We have probably 20 percent of the parents that will go through the class with their kid. We encourage that,” said Hodge.

Registration for the second class of the year – which runs for nine days starting Aug. 5 – began Tuesday. Classes go from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p . . .