July 21, 2011
Before hunting season, its hunter education season.
With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education class. All first-time hunting license holders are required to complete a hunter education course.
"Though classes are held throughout the year, their numbers peak now through early fall,” said Chris Saunders, Hunter Education Coordinator. “So, this is the time to sign up and complete a course, because once the hunting seasons start rolling, our volunteer instructors want to be out in the field. Taking the class sooner rather than later also means more time for scouting, sighting-in and getting permission to hunt on private lands.”
The easiest way to find an open class is by going to http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/HE_Courses.cfm. The list is updated frequently, so check often. You can also call the hunter education office at (802)241-3720.
Vermont’s hunter education course averages 12-14 hours of classroom instruction and field exercises, including live-fire. Each course is taught by trained, certified volunteer instructors who follow national guidelines and state standards. Safe firearms handling, hunter responsibility, conservation, wildlife identification, outdoor safety, turkey hunting, muzzleloading and survival are all covered. Some volunteer instructors offer courses that include bowhunter education, while others teach separate courses for bowhunter, as well as trapper education.
Courses can be difficult to fit into the hectic schedules of today's fast-moving lifestyles. As a result, a home-study option is available for the basic hunter education course. Whether online or completing a workbook, this great opportunity lets you learn the material at your own pace. A field day involving a written exam and field skills testing is still required. All courses and materials are free.
Each year, the Vermont Hunter Education Program’s 350 volunteer instructors certify almost 6,000 students.
Be smart, think safety and good luck.
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: July 21, 2011 08:59:37