From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- With the junior spring gobbler season to open April 24, and the general spring gobbler season opening May 1, Pennsylvania hunters are reminded that all first-time license buyers need to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course now.
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.
To register for a course, visit the Game Commission website at www.pgc.state.pa.us, select Education in the menu bar in the banner, then Hunter Education, and then click on Class Schedule.
Hunters who don’t see a class being offered in their area should check the website daily as more classes are entered into the database. HTE courses are held throughout the state, and there is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required for many classes, so contact information is provided. Online registration also is available for most courses offered by the agency.
Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, most HTE classes last at least 10 hours over two or more days, and participants must attend all instruction before taking the test at the end of the course. Youngsters must be at least 11 years old to receive HTE certification.
Registrations also are being accepted for the independent study version of the basic HTE program, which is available for those 11 years of age or older. A fee of $1.59 may apply if applicants order a printed copy of the study manual which also is available online free of charge.
In addition, registrations are being accepted for other educational programs offered by the Game Commission, including Successful Bowhunting, 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. While voluntary in Pennsylvania, certification for this course may be required by other states. There is an $18 course fee, which covers the cost of the online study course required before attending the class.
The Successful Furtaking Course is a one-day training program that was not part of the basic Hunter-Trapper Education program. It provides extensive hands-on training to new furtakers, promotes Best Management Practices and is designed for any person seeking to learn more about furtaking and to improve skills and success. The course also includes the cable restraint certification required to participate in the cable restraint season for foxes and coyotes. The course also fulfills the requirement that all first-time furtaker license buyers pass a basic trapper education course. A $15 course fee is charged.
The Cable Restraint Certification course is required for those trappers seeking to participate in the annual trapping season in which cable restraints are used to capture coyotes and foxes. The course fee is $15, and students will get to keep various education materials and one legal cable restraint provided as part of the course.