Huntereducation program now online

Published on Thu, Sep 13, 2007
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Hunter education program now online

The new online version of the state’s basic hunter education program is about to leave the old home-study course by the wayside.

Starting August1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will no longer accept new enrollees in the standard home-study course, offered since 1995 as an alternative to traditional classroom instruction in hunter safety. Under the standard home-study course, students and instructors exchange tests and coursework through the U.S. Postal Service.

But enrollment in the old home-study course has dropped off sharply since 2005, when WDFW began offering the classroom portion of the state’s hunter education course over the Internet, said Dan Boes, a WDFW conservation education specialist.

Under state law, anyone born after January 1,1972 is required to show proof of basic hunter education training before they can purchase a hunting license in Washington state.

Last year, more than 14,000 prospective hunters met this requirement by completing 17 hours of classroom instruction on topics ranging from hunting rules to outdoor ethics, followed by a test of their shooting skills.

Another 195 completed the Internet or home-study options, which allow students to complete the written coursework at home.
For more information on the state’s hunter-education program, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/enf/huntered/index.htm.