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West Virginia Wildlife
Hunters Education
Patrick McMurtry The DNR Offers A New Tool For Safe Hunting

March 5, 2014
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


One of the things new hunters need to do is pass a certified hunter's education class and, in fact, for many, passing this class is mandatory before you can get a hunting license in West Virginia. Ed Goodson, a Natural Resources Police Officer explains the law.

"Anyone born on or after January 1st 1975 is required to take and pass a certified hunter's education class. These are the traditional 10 hour courses that consist of gun safety, survival, ethics and wildlife management. It just teaches that student how to be a safe hunter."

These are the classes most of us took, the ones taught by volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort to make sure the class is taught well and all the students learn everything they need to know to be a good hunter. Now the DNR is offering another option.

"We have another tool within the hunter's ed now, it's called an alternative delivery system. It's growing in popularity because of the ease of use. Maybe you can't attend the 10 hour course. It's specifically designed for those who don't have the time to take the course, student athletes or others who can't miss those important practices in the evening or the busy student with other activities going on in school." says Goodson.

It's pretty easy to get to this online course. Just go to the DNR website and look for the hunter's education link, click on it and you're on your way.

"The ten hour course if free, the alternative delivery program is growing in popularity because you can sit in your house, your work on the computer at your own pace, as long as you are ten years old or older." says Goodson.

While the traditional course is free, the online course charges a small fee which goes to the company running the site, but considering it lets you work at home, it's a bargain.

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