The Norman Transcript

October 10, 2012

Hunter education certification is online

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Obtaining an Oklahoma hunter education card is now just a few clicks away for most of the state’s prospective hunters.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is now offering the complete hunter education course online. The successful cyber-student will be able to print an Oklahoma hunter education card after completing the free course, according to a news release from the Wildlife Department.

Most state residents who are 10 to 30 years of age are required to have a hunter education card to buy a license. Now, instead of attending a traditional eight-hour course in a classroom setting, prospective hunters can simply log on to the Wildlife Department’s website to complete the course and test for a certificate.

“We’ve always tried to make classes convenient for our hunters,” Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Wildlife Department, said. “But everything we’ve tried, there were still people left out. The online class is the most inclusive option we’ve ever offered.”

Students can study the curriculum online in sections. They will not have to complete the entire course at once, which is usually the case in a classroom setting. Fifty test questions are scattered throughout the online course, and students must select the correct answers before being able to continue to the next section.

Also, this online course can be used by prospective hunters younger than 10 to satisfy the home study requirement they need to attend a traditional Hunter Education class.

In just two weeks of initial operation, reports the Wildlife Department, more than 1,000 hunter education cards have been printed as students have completed the course online.

“One of my favorite things about this online class is that I love the idea of the kids sitting down with their parents to work through the hunter safety curriculum,” he said.

Whether taken online, or in a classroom setting, the course is free. Anyone may take the online course by visiting www.wildlifedepartment.com.

“Now there are three options for hunter education certification,” Meek said. “You can take the course online if you are 10 years old or older, you can take an eight-hour classroom course, or the home study that requires a four-hour class.”

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