The NYS DEC’s Hunter Education program has recently announced pilot “Next Step” courses for those who have already completed a hunter education or bowhunter education certification course, and are currently seeking more hands-on experience before the upcoming season. Each four-hour Next Step course focuses on safety, techniques, and hands-on field instruction. There is no certification offered with these courses.
Students will need their Hunter Education certificate number to register for a Next Step course. The minimum age is 12-years-old, and there are still spots left in upcoming Next Step Bowhunting and Crossbow courses slated for early August.
All Next Step courses are offered free of charge, but registration is required.
New Hunter Education Courses are added continuously throughout the year, and most of the classes are taught between March and September. Hunter Education is required for all hunting licenses, including bowhunting. The course covers firearms safety, hunting techniques and responsible, ethical hunting practices.
Photo at top courtesy of Megan Jenney/DEC Facebook photo.
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