The Fish and Game Department has launched a new online Hunter Education course, partnering with HunterCourse.com.
Hunter Education training is required for anyone who wants to get a hunting license in New Hampshire. While there is still traditional in-classroom training, the online option has grown in popularity. Josh Mackay, Hunter Education Coordinator at Fish and Game, said out of the more than 3,000 people who go through the program each year, around half use the online option. The online option isn’t new, but the new course streamlines the process and offers more options for participants.
“It’s at their own pace, and they can stop and start when they need to,” said Mackay, who’s a member of Chapter 47. Mackay said the online training takes about two-thirds of the time that the traditional class does. “It’s much more convenient.”
In addition, the online course includes videos, quizzes and even narration. The course costs $29, which you pay when you pass. Since comfort levels with online training vary from person to person, the in-person class option is still available. Regardless of whether you use the online option or traditional in-person option for the course, all participants need to take part in a field day.
“We have them come in face-to-face for the skills portion of the program,” Mackay said.
One of the key features the online course offers is a virtual field day experience, which mimics the live field day. The online field day, Mackay said, “will help students obtain valuable experience ahead of the live field day and before heading into the field.”
One suggestion that Mackay offered regarding the live field day is to sign up early, as space is limited for those hands-on sessions. If you want to be able to hunt during a particular season, you’ll want to make sure you plan ahead.
You can sign up for the new online course or the traditional in-person course at www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed-classes.html.