New York Department of Environmental Conservation Offering Online Hunting Safety Education Course
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced it is offering a complete online hunting safety education course for a limited time only, according to an article in NewYorkUpstate.com.
First-time hunters who want to hunt in New York 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.
Previously, classroom time, along with some required online homework ahead of time, was required to get a hunter education certificate. “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,” DEC said in press release.
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.
The online course will be offered through June 30 and can be taken by anyone ages 11 and older. The course can be completed from a computer, tablet, or smart phone at any time. A hunter must be at least 12 to buy a license.
“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 cost of the course is $19.95 and is offered on the Kalkomey website.