From Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- With the spring turkey season set to open in April, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is reminding all first-time license buyers to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course before heading to the woods.
To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), select the "Hunter Education Classes" icon in the center of the homepage, and then follow the instructions.
With the support of thousands of volunteers, HTE courses are being held throughout the state. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required for some classes, so contact information is provided.
Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, 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 class. 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 one-day, independent study version of the basic HTE program, which is available for those 17 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 two other educational programs offered by the Game Commission, "Successful Bowhunting!" and "Cable Restraint Certification."
The Successful Bowhunting course is a fully voluntary program for those seeking to expand their knowledge of bowhunting. While voluntary in Pennsylvania, certification for this course may be required by other states. The course fee is $18, and students will get to keep the independent study materials provided as part of the course.
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.