Hunter Ed class now available via internet
Class required to hunt in Wyoming
by Wyoming Game & Fish
February 10, 2005
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has set up an alternative to the traditional hunter education class of several evening sessions covering two weeks. Prospective hunters can now study the majority of the hunter education coursework over the internet and complete the class with just one weekend meeting: a "field day" where the final exam is taken and students take part in a firearm handling exercise.
Helen McCracken, the G&Fís hunter education coordinator, says the Internet course is designed for adults with schedules not conducive to a traditional class. "We donít recommend the internet hunter ed course for kids," she said. "Youngsters do better with the personal interaction and support of a traditional class. Adults are more conditioned to studying on their own."
Students can study the Internet hunter education curriculum at the Wyoming Game & Fish website and going to "Hunter Ed Online!" on the right side bar, at their own pace. All coursework must be completed before reporting for the field day which are held at least twice annually -- usually spring and fall Ė in each of the G&Fís seven regions across the state.
Successfully completing hunter education is required for anyone born after 1965 to hunt with a firearm in Wyoming on land other than that of his or her own family. The Wyoming law has been in effect since 1979.
In 2004, over 200 students received their hunter education certification from the Internet/field day class. So many students tackled the course prior to hunting season in the fall, that some couldnít get registered for the field day because it was filled. "If possible, I urge prospective internet students to register for a spring field day so you donít have to chance the fall date being filled," McCracken said. For more information about online hunter education, call McCracken at (800) 842-1934.
The complete 2005 field day schedule:
Gillette March 5, June (TBA), Sept. 10
Sheridan April 2, Aug. 27
Lander April 9, Aug. 6
Casper Feb. 27, April 10, Aug. 28
Cody March 5, Sept. 24
Rock Springs May 21, Aug. 20
Cheyenne March 19, Sept. 24