From Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
-- With hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education class. All first-time Vermont hunting license holders are required to complete a hunter education course.
Class schedules can be found by going to www.vtfishandwildlife.com/HE_Courses.cfm or by calling the hunter education office at (802) 241-3720.
Vermont's hunter education course averages 12-14 hours of classroom instruction and field exercises, including live-fire. Each course is taught by trained, certified volunteer instructors who follow national guidelines and state standards. Safe firearms handling, hunter responsibility, conservation, wildlife identification, outdoor safety, turkey hunting, muzzleloading and survival are all covered. Separate courses are offered for bowhunter and trapper education.
The department recognizes that courses can be difficult to fit into the hectic schedules of today's fast-moving lifestyles. As a result, a home-study option is available for the basic hunter education course. This great opportunity lets you learn the material at your own pace. A field day, involving a written exam and field skills testing, is still required.
Each year, the Vermont Hunter Education Program's 350 volunteer instructors certify almost 6,000 students. The free courses provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department are funded by hunters and shooters through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.