The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold several Hunter-Trapper Education classes in our region throughout the month, including one in Butler.
The two-part class will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug 14 and 15) at the Butler Township Recreation Building from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Game commission officials say a basic hunter-trapper education course is mandatory for all first-time license buyers, regardless of age. The classes are free but pre-registration is required.
To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.pa.gov); go to “Education” and click on “Hunter-Trapper Education”. Click on “Hunter-Trapper Education Class Calendar”.
“A basic Hunter-Trapper Education course is mandatory for all first-time license buyers, regardless of age,” Cramer said. “Now is a good time to register and take a course in preparation for the upcoming hunting season, and there are still a few antlerless deer licenses available in a few Wildlife Management Units.”
With the support of volunteer instructors and organizations that host classes, HTE courses are being held throughout the region. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required and online registration is available for all courses offered by the agency.
In order to prepare for class, read Chapters 1, 4, 5, and 9 located in “Today’s Hunter & Trapper in PA.” You will be directed to an online link from the agency website.
Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, most HTE classes last at least six hours over one or two days, and participants must attend all instruction before taking the test at the end of the course. Youngsters must be at least 11 years old to receive HTE certification.
Successful completion of a basic Pennsylvania HTE class or another state’s equivalent course is required by state law to obtain a first-time hunting or furtaker license, regardless of age. For those that participate in either the youth or adult mentored hunting permit programs, a basic Pennsylvania HTE class is required before becoming a licensed hunter. A mentored permit is not a hunting license.
Registrations also are being accepted for the online version of the basic HTE program, which is available for those 16 years of age or older. The online course is available to students on their own time schedule. A fee of $19.50 is required after successfully completing the course requirements to receive certification.
In 1959, the Game Commission began offering a voluntary hunter safety program, and about 25,000 students participated in that program annually. Beginning in 1969, the General Assembly required all first-time hunting license buyers under the age of 16 to successfully complete a four-hour hunter education course. The course requirement was expanded to six hours in 1977. The program became mandatory for all first-time hunting license buyers regardless of age in 1982.
In 1986, the safety program was increased to ten hours of class time and trapper training was included. The name of the program also was changed to Hunter-Trapper Education, and was required for all first-time furtaker license buyers, too. A combination home study-classroom version of the course reduced classroom time to six hours of instruction starting in 2013.
Since 1959, more than 2 million students have been certified through this course.
Following is a list of scheduled Hunter-Trapper Education courses for the Northwest Region:
Basic Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
Transfer Sportsman’s Club, Greenville, Pa.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 8am to 4pm.
Sparta Sportsman’s Club, Spartansburg, Pa.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 6pm to 9pm.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 8am to 3pm.
Must attend both dates.
Wiltsie Community Church, Russell, Pa.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 8am to 4pm.
Venango Coon & Fox Hunters Club, Franklin, Pa.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 9am to 4pm.
Butler Township Recreation Building, Butler, Pa.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 5pm to 9pm.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 5pm to 9pm.
Must attend both evenings.
Jackson Center Field and Stream Club, Jackson Center, Pa.
Friday, August 17, 2018 – 6pm to 9pm.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – 9am to 2:30pm.
Must attend both dates.
Ellwood-Wampum Rod & Gun Club, Wampum, Pa.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – 9am to 2pm.
Brockway Sportsman’s Club, Brockway, Pa.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 9am to 4pm.