Josh Mackay: 603-271-0459
Lisa Collins: 603-271-3212
August 22, 2011
Last Call for Hunter Education!
Hunting Season Is Here – Are You Ready?
CONCORD, N.H. – With hunting season coming up fast, those who need hunter or bowhunter education classes to hunt this fall should sign up soon to get in on the remaining classes and field days for 2011. You can find classes and register online at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm. Just browse the calendar for the best date and location for you, then click on the course of your choice and complete the online registration form to officially join the class.
Your best bet may be to take the online hunter education course, which involves completing the online course and exam, then registering for and attending a Field Day. Plenty of opportunity remains, with more than 10 field day dates and locations for August, September and October. One of them, the field day set for October 2 at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, is for women only. Keep in mind that you must take the course and pass the online exam before you can sign up for a field day. To take the online Hunter Education course for certification, you must be at least 15 years old.
At this point, only a limited number of traditional hunter and bowhunter education classes are available. There are openings in traditional Hunter Education classes set to start on September 13 in Lyndeborough; September 16 in Whitefield; September 16 in Pittsburg; and September 22 in Pelham. Two bowhunter education classes still have openings, with start dates of September 10 in Lancaster and September 23 in Pittsburg. (Note -- these are starting dates only; traditional classes involve more than one session.) Options for procrastinators: Some classes with full enrollments are taking names on waiting lists; also, walk-in participants are accepted, but only if space happens to be available.
Hunter education is required in New Hampshire before a new hunter can purchase his or her first hunting license (if you are age 16 or older, you need a license to hunt). To meet this requirement, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department offers Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes around the state. Participants must be at least 12 years old to achieve certification in basic Hunter Education or Bowhunter Education.
“We still have a number of opportunities for new hunters to get the certification they need to get out in the field this fall," said Hunter Education Coordinator Joshua Mackay of the N.H. Fish and Game Department. “But don’t wait! The last classes and field days for 2011 are filling up fast."
For more information on Hunter Education in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm or call 603-271-3214.
Hunter Education in New Hampshire is funded by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, a user-pay, user-benefit program supported by an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Learn more at www.wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.
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