The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Outdoors

July 18, 2013

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

Those who plan to purchase their first hunting license this year will need to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education course, and there’s no time like the present to sign up, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Classes are beginning to fill. To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the homepage.  From here, you can elect to take either the basic “Hunter-Trapper Education” course, which is typically a six-hour course held over one or two days; or the “Hunter-Trapper Education Independent Study” course, which is a home-study course followed by a one-day, two-hour classroom review and test. Once determining which course format best fits your schedule, you can register online by selecting a course in your area and then following the instructions.

“Now is the time to make sure that the first-time license buyer in your home is signed up to take the necessary first-step toward purchasing a license,” said Game Commission Hunter Education and Outreach Division Chief Keith A. Snyder. “Don’t wait until closer to fall, as courses will fill up quickly and may become hard to find. Check the website regularly for a class near you or that fits your schedule, and remember more will be added.”

Snyder noted that scheduling the agency’s annual slate of Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) classes is always an ongoing operation, based on the availability of instructors and facilities, and the agency’s ability to meet the growing demand for more classes in some counties.

“If you don’t see a class being offered in your area, please continue to check the website as more classes are added to the Class Calendar,” Snyder said. “Please know, though, that some areas have a limited number of classes that may be held at times that are inconvenient for you. Our limited number of instructors cannot always meet everyone’s needs and wants. But they amazingly offer more than 900 classes annually.”

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