The great state of Louisiana is known as Sportsman's Paradise with our beautiful wildlife and scenic views. We are also known for all our waterways, bayous, and woods to hunt and fish in around the year.

Duck and deer hunting are the most popular hunting in Southwest Louisiana, followed by dove and squirrel hunting. There are festivals held every year to celebrate our great outdoors, like the Fur and Wildlife Festival and the Duck Festival to name a couple.

The main concern for everyone who enjoys the sport is safety. Safety is always top of mind while getting out into our beautiful area to bag the game of your choice.

That is why the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is holding a hunter education course coming up on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 in Lake Charles.

The course begins that Friday from 5:00pm and runs to 8:00pm, then participants return on Saturday for classes from 9:00am to 4:00pm. You must attend both days to get credit for the course.

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Refreshments will be provided both days and a lunch will be provided on Saturday, free of charge. The two-day course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish regional training academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

The course is free and open to the public for ages 10 and up, but you will need to pre-register here.

The CPSO deputies will adhere to and implement social distancing guidelines, and you will be required to wear a face mask. For more information, please call 337-491-3784.

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