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July 18, 2013

Outdoor Update: Hunter-trapper education classes starting to fill up

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More than 37,000 individuals took HTE courses throughout the state last year. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required and online registration is available for all courses through the Class Calendar.

Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteer instructors, the basic HTE class has been reformatted into a six-hour course. Prior to arriving at their class, students are asked to review four chapters of their student manual, which is available online when you register. Participants must attend all instruction before taking a test at the end of the course. Youngsters must be at least 11 years old to receive HTE certification.

Successful completion of a basic Pennsylvania HTE class, or another state’s equivalent course, is required by state law to obtain a first-time hunting or furtaker license, regardless of age.

Registrations also are being accepted for the independent study version of the basic HTE program, which also is available for those 11 years of age or older. A fee of $2.53 may apply if applicants order a printed copy of the study manual, or they can review the course materials online free of charge, and then attend the one-day, two-hour classroom review and test.

In addition, registrations are being accepted for other educational programs offered by the Game Commission, including Successful Bowhunting, Successful Turkey Hunting, Successful Furtaking and Cable Restraint Certification.

The Successful Bowhunting course is a one-day voluntary training program for those seeking to expand their skills and knowledge of bowhunting. Although Pennsylvania doesn’t require archers to complete a bowhunting education course before they purchase an archery license, certification for this course is required to bowhunt in some other states. There is a $20 course fee, which covers the cost of the online study course required before attending the class.

The Successful Turkey Hunting course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to hunt safely and confidently in both spring and fall seasons. Veterans will learn methods and techniques that will help them become better hunters. Students will receive a 140-page student guide and a diaphragm turkey call as part of the program. Classes started this spring and continue through the summer and early fall. A $15 fee is being charged to offset costs.

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