NYS Offering Hunter Safety Course Online due to COVID

Member Alan W. passed along a press release that may be of use for some of our members:

Due to the State of Emergency created by the COVID-19 outbreak, the New York State DEC is offering for a limited time a complete online hunting safety education course.

First-time hunters must first earn a hunter education certificate prior to purchasing their first hunting license. The certificate is then good for all future purchases of hunting licenses.

The DEC, in its press release said,  “Unfortunately, all traditional hunter education courses have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving many new hunters unable to get a certificate before spring turkey season”.   The statewide regular spring turkey hunting season is set from May 1-31, and the youth (ages 12-15) turkey hunting weekend on April 25-26.  “Students who complete the online course and virtual field day, and pass the final exam, will receive their hunter education certificate and can purchase a hunting license,” DEC said.

The online course will be offered from April 15 to June 30, and can be taken by anyone ages 11 and older and can be completed from a computer, tablet, or smart phone at any time.  A hunter must be at least 12, though, to buy a license.  The cost of the course is $19.95 and is offered on the Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC, website.

The DEC said bowhunting certifications are not needed until October when the fall big game hunting season opens.  DEC is looking into whether to offer a complete online course for bowhunters given the COVID-19 situation.

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