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Tuesday, October 10 2017 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Ohio's Updated Hunter Education Course
Provides Options for Aspiring Hunters

 

COLUMBUS, OH – The next generation of hunters are the first to benefit from Ohio’s revamped hunter education course, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). A new course book and enhanced online learning options provide a more current and comprehensive curriculum for aspiring hunters of all ages. The fully-illustrated booklet includes 11 chapters covering firearms safety, preparation, equipment, conservation and more.

Prospective hunters who want to complete their hunting education in person can sign up for an instructor-led course, which usually lasts eight to 12 hours spread over two days. Specially-trained volunteers and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff teach the courses in a classroom environment. Interested individuals should visit wildohio.gov to find a course in their local community. Hunter education remains free for those who complete an instructor-led course.

For people with busy schedules, a new online hunter education option offers flexibility while still providing the same educational material needed to become a responsible hunter. Anyone who is 12 years or older can complete the approximately four-hour course online. It can be completed in one sitting, or spread out over several days. The course is compatible with smartphones, tablets and personal computers. A $15 fee is paid to the online vendor once an individual completes the course and passes the final course exam.

For aspiring hunters under 12 years of age, a home-study course combines the flexibility of online learning with the hands-on approach of in-person hunter education training. After completing each unit and taking a test online, students are required to attend an in-person classroom session. A $15 fee is paid to the online vendor after the online exam is completed. The final classroom session is led by an ODNR Division of Wildlife employee or certified instructor volunteer and usually lasts about four hours.

Don’t forget that an Ohio apprentice hunting license is available to people who want to try hunting before first completing a course. Anyone who hunts with an apprentice license must be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 21 years old. Having previously held an apprentice license does not qualify a person to purchase a regular hunting license.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

 

For more information, contact:
John Windau, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614-265-6325
Stephanie Leis, ODNR Office of Communications
614-265-6860

 
     
     
 
     

 



 
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