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Teaching hunters the safety rules

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Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969 is required to have a hunters' safety education certificate.

Some young hunters in Beauregard Parish took the class Tuesday night, instructed by one man who has a passion for the outdoors.

Mike Halter is a veteran of the United States Army, a deputy for the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office and instructor of the hunters' safety course.

"I've been hunting in the United States for close to 40 years and I hunted in Europe for about 12 years," Halter said.

Halter said because of the safety course, hunting accidents don't happen as often.

"We've been very fortunate here in our area and the Beauregard Parish area, we've only had a couple accidents in the last 10 years," he said.

And at the hunters' safety course, there's one thing Halter wants hunters to know.

"We stress hunter orange all the time, particularly when you're deer hunting. That's why I'm dressed up in my nice pretty orange," Halter said, showing off his hunter orange vest.

A rather flattering color indeed. But no matter the age of the hunter in the class or how many times he's taught the lecture, to Halter, it's a lesson he's happy to give.

"You know, it is pretty good to see the kids in Wal-Mart and places and say, 'Hey! You taught me hunters safety you know 10, 12, 15 years ago!' That works out pretty good," Halter said.

Keeping people safe while out on the hunt. 

For hunters who still need to get their hunters' safety certification, Halter said the next season is turkey season which begins March 23 through April 21.

Click here for more information on hunters' safety courses.

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