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March 7, 2011

Online Hunter Education Course a Valuable Option for Certification

CONCORD, N.H. – Since its launch in 2009, the N.H. Fish and Game Department's Online Hunter Education course and Field Day option has been an attractive alternative for busy people to get into the sport of hunting.  Because of the independent study required, the online Hunter Education course and Field Day option is open only to those 15 years of age and older.

“The online course and Field Day option is for people who are motivated to learn the material on their own and who are not able to attend the traditional multi-day classroom course,” said Joshua Mackay, Hunter Education Coordinator for N.H. Fish and Game.  “If you prefer to study independently and are prepared for a challenging Field Day experience, this course will give you the knowledge and the skills you need to be a safe, responsible and ethical hunter.” 

The online course consists of two parts, both of which must be successfully completed to achieve certification.  Students first study the online hunter education course, and pass the online exam.  They then need to register for and attend a mandatory Field Day, at which they receive intensive, hands-on training, consisting of safe firearm handling, live fire experience, tree stand and muzzleloader safety, laws review with a local Conservation Officer, and outdoor survival skills.  Students must also pass the state written exam and practical field test during the Field Day to become certified.

Field Days are held at sportsmen’s clubs and outdoor shooting facilities, as well as at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  Certified Hunter Education Instructors conduct the Field Days, with assistance from the local Conservation Officer.  In 2010, 21 Field Days were conducted for students who had successfully completed the online hunter education course, and nearly 500 new hunters were certified.Wildlife Restoration Program logo

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Hunter Education programs are 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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