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					Oregon Hunter Education Program
Purpose of Hunter Education
• • • To promote responsible, ethical hunter conduct, there by improving the sportsman's public image. To emphasize the importance of wildlife management, laws, and regulations. To learn safe handling of hunting equipment and reduce hunting causalities.

State Law
No person younger than 18 years of age shall hunt wildlife, except on his own land or land owned by his parent or legal guardian, unless he has in his possession a certificate, issued by the Department or by an agency of another state, stating that the person has satisfactorily completed a course prescribed or approved by the department in the safe handling of lawful hunting equipment.

The Oregon Hunter Education Course
The Hunter Education Course is designed to teach young sportsmen to be ethical, responsible, and safe hunters. Parents are urged to attend and take the course with their son or daughter. A minimum of twelve hours instruction is required; however, some instructors may teach more. There is no fee for the course of instruction; however, an instructor may charge not more than $10 to defray the actual cost of supplies such as ammunition. Instruction includes the following.

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Hunter Ethics and Responsibility: Students learn about the growing sentiment against hunters and hunting. They study ways to improve the image of the sportsman and improve sportsman and improve sportsman-landowner relationships. Wildlife Management: Students learn the basic principles by which all wildlife is managed. The hunter's role in wildlife management is discussed as well as the purpose of wildlife laws and regulations. Legal Hunting Equipment: Basic instruction is given in the legal devices for taking game, actions ammunition, ballistics, parts, and nomenclature. Safe Hunting: A student learns the proper way to carry, handle and care for a firearm. Archery and muzzle loading safety are also covered. Practical Gun Handling Experience: Under actual simulated situations as a student will handle different types of firearms (generally provided by the instructor). This hour is intended to provide the student with experience in the proper use of legal hunting equipment. Lost and Survival: The student learns basic rules of survival and hypothermia. Certification: A written test is given at the end of the course. A student's actions and cooperation during the class as well as the test score are taken into consideration in determining certification. Each person who passes receives a wallet-sized identification card. This card is required to be carried while hunting on property other than that owned or leased by parents or guardians. Students who lose their certificates can obtain duplicates through Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Who Teaches The Course?
The course, administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is taught by certified volunteer instructors. These public spirited citizens serve without pay and have taken the task of teaching young sportsmen to be safe and responsible hunters.

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When and Where are Classes Held?
A course may be taught whenever and wherever arrangements can be made with the instructor. Class sizes are limited so it is advisable to enroll in a class as early in the year as possible to avoid the rush before hunting season.

Parental Responsibilities
Safe use of hunting equipment, hunter ethics, and hunter responsibilities are taught in the Hunter Education Course. The actions of parents, however, must augment this to insure good outdoor habitats for the young hunters. In other words, the course is not designed to replace parental responsibility. It must be combined with continued parental training in the field until safe and ethical hunting habits become firmly established and automatic. An adult must accompany persons less than 14 years of age while hunting on lands other than those owned or leased by the parents or guardian.

Instructor Responsibilities
The Hunter Education Instructor makes the final decision in determining whether a student is qualified to receive a certificate of competency. It is the instructor who must decide if the student will conduct him or herself as a safe and responsible hunter. A student who fails to demonstrate sportsmanship or does not cooperate with the instructor will not be issued a certificate.

How To Enroll
To enroll, students and their parents should contact a local Hunter Education Instructor or watch for announcements through local news media for information on when a class is being organized. If a local instructor is not known, write or call the Department of Fish and Wildlife or State Police office nearest you. The following are addresses and telephone numbers of Department of Fish and Wildlife offices.

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