DEC Encourages Hunting and Trapping Education Courses

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season that they must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter, or trapper education course before obtaining the appropriate sporting license or hunting privilege.

“DEC’s hunter education program provides future sportsmen and sportswomen training about how to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters and trappers,” said Commissioner Seggos. “We are grateful to the volunteer instructors who continue to provide their expertise and support to deliver this program. I encourage all prospective hunters and trappers to sign up for one of the hundreds of courses offered across New York State.”

First-time hunters and trappers are encouraged to sign up for certification courses now as these courses fill quickly. Each year, more than 45,000 New Yorkers take DEC’s hunter and trapper education courses.

DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated DEC-certified instructors statewide to provide these training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, and Waterfowl Hunter Education.

DEC’s online registration system makes it easy to view a list of all available courses. Students can register from any device-smartphone, tablet or computer-24 hours a day, seven days a week. Courses are added continuously throughout the year, so those interested should regularly check the on-line system to find a course near them. To locate a hunter or trapper education course, visit DEC’s website or contact a local DEC office for assistance.

Students must complete homework prior to attending the required classroom and field course. The homework portion of the course provides an introduction to the subject and enhances understanding of the course material. Proof of the completed homework is required to attend the course. Students should register for the course well in advance of the course date in order to allow time to complete the homework requirement, which can take several hours.

Access to the homework materials and online homework options can be found on DEC’s website. Students may also follow the guidelines listed in the course announcement when registering for a course. Course manuals and homework sheets are always available from DEC wildlife offices and Hunter Education Program instructors.