Photo credit: Lindsey Mulcare

Hunter Education Moves Online: First-Time Hunters, Get Started Now

With COVID restrictions redefining public spaces across the country, most states have moved hunter education to an online model. And some are offering free tuition.

New hunters in the United States must pass a hunter education course before购买首次许可证。流感大流行之前,大多数猎人版的课程包括一个一流的learningstructure or an online learning requirement, coupled with an instructed field day component complete with the final test. Certifications mandated the completion of the in-person field component to complete the course.

But, withpandemic restrictions, a different kind of safety is being considered. Because of this, state agencies are modifying their hunter and bowhunter education structures to更好地适应新猎人.

States Waive Fees, Create Virtual Field Days

In an effort to make hunter ed more accessible, states are getting creative. States likeWashington,Wisconsin, andFlorida纷纷迁往教练场一天一个虚拟教室,在那里志愿讲师或虚拟讲解员通过通常研究的信息引导学生。

其他州也移动到网上只与课程测试,和蒙大拿州是发行both hunter and bowhunter educational coursesonline for free. This is restricted to Montana residents. And these courses will still have reciprocity across the U.S. for out-of-state hunting.

Online Option Opens Up Access for New Hunters

The bright side of online hunter education options means that more folks are likely to take the course on their own time. And the majority of hunter ed courses are already affordable, ranging from $10 to $30 per hunter.

It’s a smart idea to go ahead and get the bowhunter certification — whether your state requires it or not — while it’s easily accessible online. Some states require a bowhunting certification, others don’t. But taking it now will ensure your ability to archery hunt nationwide for the foreseeable future.

Find your state’s requirements by going to their wildlife agency’s hunter education page. Companies likeHunter-Edand theNRAoffer online courses, but each state is responding to the current pandemic differently. Some,like Utah,are still requiring small in-person courses for some hunter demographics.

Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. When she's not writing or editing, she's likely hunting, fishing, or on the back of her little brown horse with a border collie named Butch Cassidy on heel in the mountains. Find her on Instagram at @nkqualtieri.