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MADISON – Young people and people new to hunting and trapping who are looking forward to participating in fall hunting and trapping seasons should state the process now of finding and enrolling in a hunter or trapper education course.
“Don’t wait until fall to get enrolled in hunter education,” said Brenda VonRueden, of the Department of Natural Resources hunter education program. “There are more hunter and trapper education courses taught now than any other time of year.”
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. Anyone who had not previously purchased a trapping license prior to 1992 and who is not actively engaged in farming is required to take a trapper education course.
Hunter and trapper education courses are led by trained, certified and dedicated volunteer instructors and are offered statewide throughout the year.
The Wisconsin DNR offers three convenient ways to become hunter education certified:
• Basic Hunter Education: Designed for students who learn better in a class room setting. Students learn about Hunter responsibility and firearm safety.
• Online Internet Hunter Education Field Day: An alternative to the basic hunter education course. Students need to register for an Internet field day and also pass an online course approved by the DNR. Students spend a day in the field with certified online hunter instructors who will test what you learned online. The field day is mandatory to earn your hunter education safety certification.
• Adult (18 years of age or older) Online Internet Hunter Education Test Out – Anyone 18 years of age or older can register for an adult test out scheduled bi-monthly at DNR Service Centers throughout the state. Required online course www.huntercourse.com/usa/wisconsin/ or www.hunter-ed.com/wisconsin.
“Thanks to hunter education, hunting is safe and getting safer,” VonRueden said. “Hunter education covers the firearm handling skills, regulations, and responsibilities of a safe and ethical hunter. Every year, almost 30,000 youth and adults in Wisconsin become certified in hunter education.”
Anyone wishing to enter a trapper education course must preregister to attend one of the courses, which are usually held on two full weekend days. A correspondence trapper education course is also offered “Trapper Education, which is made possible through the cooperation between the Wisconsin DNR and the Wisconsin Trappers Association, teaches new trappers to be responsible, ethical trappers,” says Geriann Albers, Assistant Furbearer Ecologist and Wisconsin DNR’s Trapper Education Coordinator.
Trapper education covers the history of trapping, best management practices, Wisconsin furbearer information, regulations, types of traps and equipment, types of trap sets and more.
Anyone enrolling in either a hunter or trapper education course must first have a Wisconsin DNR ID number. Wisconsin hunter certification is recognized by all states and provinces requiring hunter education.
Get enrolled now and join the ranks of today’s hunter education graduates who are ensuring the future of our hunting heritage. To find either a hunter or trapper education course, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for “education” and click on the button for “Find a safety education course near you.”