CONTACTS:
Pete Davison: (603) 271-3214
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
October 9, 2009

Successful Season of Hunter Education Courses Done; Courses Resume in 2010

CONCORD, N.H. – Hunter Education courses in New Hampshire are now complete after a successful 2009 season; courses resume in early 2010. A few courses remain underway, but there are no new Hunter or Bowhunter Education courses available.  (A Trapper Education course will be offered on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness; if interested, call Lisa Collins at 603-271-3214 to reserve a space.)

The N.H. Hunter Education program’s new online course offering exceeded expectations in terms of participation, according to Fish and Game Hunter Education Coordinator Pete Davison. Since its debut on August 1, 159 people have taken the online course, passed the test and completed or are scheduled to take the required field day.  Davison said that the option of taking the classroom portion of the Hunter Education course online turned out to be so popular that the program has filled or reserved every Field Day spot available for those who have successfully completed the online portion of the course.

If you missed your chance to take Hunter Ed this year, you can start preparing now to complete the course in 2010. The online Hunter Education course study materials are free and available any time via the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm; if you have time this winter, you can study the online course and be ready to take the test and sign up for the required field day in the spring. Watch for the 2010 Field Day schedule to be posted on the Fish and Game website early in the year.

The New Hampshire Hunter Education Program annually educates some 4,000 people in safe and ethical practices for hunting, bowhunting and trapping. Successful completion of a Hunter Education class is required before you can buy your first hunting license in New Hampshire.  Find out more about the program at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm.

Hunter Education is made possible by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Excise taxes are collected from the sales of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. These funds are distributed to state agencies to conduct research, manage wildlife populations, protect habitat and conduct hunter education programs.

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