Summer is a Great Time for Hunter’s Education

Posted by admin On July - 12 - 2010

Hunting is a tradition that should be passed down through the generations. There is little knowledge as valuable as that coming from an experienced hunter who has packed through the same woods and fields as the young hunter that is being taught.

But, there is other education that is important, too. The National Shooting Sports Foundation suggests that this summer would be a perfect time for a new hunter to take a hunter education course and acquire the certification necessary to purchase a hunting license.

“Don’t have your fall hunting plans spoiled by forgetting to take that all-important hunter education course,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president. “New hunters who are excited about going afield for the first time will need a hunter ed certificate to buy their hunting license, whether in their home state or out of state.”

Because of the hunting popularity in the fall season, it’s not uncommon for areas to host several hunter education classes during July, August and September. Check with your state’s wildlife agency, for which a link for can be found at www.huntinfo.org, to find a class that is convenient for you to attend. Keep in mind that a class may take up to 16 or 18 hours to complete.

In nearly every state, proof of having taken a hunter education course usually is required to purchase a hunting license. Requirements do vary, however, so prospective hunters should check with their state’s agency.

When the time comes for a youngster to take a hunter ed course, it is not uncommon for parents to find that taking the class with their son or daughter is rewarding and becomes part of the shared hunting experience.

“It is the duty of every sportsman and woman to hunt safely and responsibly, and the best way to understand how to accomplish that is by taking a hunter education course,” said Dolnack. “Taking a course is not just for inexperienced hunters. The class can serve as a good refresher for veteran hunters about their state’s regulations and a reminder about showing respect for wildlife, the land and other hunters.”

A number of NSSF education brochures are used in hunter education courses, including “Firearms Safety Depends on You,” “Hunter Ethics” and “The Hunter and Conservation.” These and other materials, including firearm safety and wildlife conservation videos, are available at their website.

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