For Immediate Release: 06/03/16
Contact: Benning DeLaMater | (518) 402-8000
Press Office | PressOffice@dec.ny.gov
DEC Prepares Students for Hunter and Trapper Education Courses
New Homework Program Will Help Provide a Solid Footprint for Becoming a Safe
and Ethical Hunter and Trapper
Beginning in 2016, all Sportsman Education courses will require students to review
course materials and complete a homework sheet prior to attending the classroom and field
sessions, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.
“Hunter and trapper education teaches future sportsmen and sportswomen how to be
safe, responsible, and ethical hunters and trappers, and is an essential part of maintaining our
conservation heritage,” DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “We are constantly
seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our Sportsman Education Program.
Establishing a new homework portion for the courses enhances the quality of the training and
will improve our excellent record of safe hunting and trapping in New York.”
To become a licensed hunter, bowhunter, or trapper in New York, a person is first
required to attend and pass a free training course offered by DEC. Trained Volunteer
Instructors, certified by the DEC Sportsman Education Program, teach courses throughout the
state on safe and responsible hunting and trapping and the important role of hunters and
trappers in conservation.
Courses are offered for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education and
The new homework portion of the course is designed to present an introduction to the
subject and enhance the students’ understanding of the course material.
Proof of the completed homework is required in order to enroll in the classroom and field
portions of the course. Students should register for the course well in advance in order to allow
time to complete the homework requirement, which takes about 3 hours. All courses also
require successful completion of an in-person field day to earn certification.
There are a few simple ways to obtain the study material to complete the homework
• Download the free manual and worksheet (please see:
• Obtain the manual and worksheet following the directions of the course
• Complete an online course (fee) and print the voucher to bring to the
course (please see: https://www.hunter-ed.com/newyork/).
With more than 300 courses completed so far this year, the homework requirement is
proving to be popular with many instructors.
“With the homework now being completed prior to the class, the students are far better
prepared for the classroom session,” said Saratoga County instructor Bill Schwerd. “This is an
improvement over the previous delivery of the course, where students got their training manual
at the first class session and didn’t have a chance to read it prior to the class.”
Master Instructor Eric Minton from Niagara County said, “I coordinated a Hunter
Education course in February of this year with the homework requirement for all students. Every
student had their homework worksheet completed when they arrived at the first class. The
students were better prepared and more readily engaged in classroom presentations, and the
course was reduced from three sessions to two. With more time for field exercises, we were
able to offer students more hands-on training.”
For more information on Sportsman Education course registration, access to the course
manuals and worksheets, and topics covered in the class, visit the Sportsman Education
Program on DEC's web page www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html.
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