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Supplemental hunter education classes enhance knowledge
By Bill Larson, former hunter education coordinator, Arizona Game and Fish Department
In 1999, the Arizona Game and Fish Department began offering supplemental one-day classes to hunters who have already taken a basic hunter education class in another state. Participants are required to show that completion of their basic course occurred in 1980 or later. 1980 is the same year that Arizona looks back to for hunter education bonus point credit for completion of the course.
The class is designed to cover Arizona-specific issues and not to replace or duplicate previous studies. Subjects include habitat concerns, Arizona wildlife identification, venomous bites and stings (and first aid for them), game laws and hunting rules, how the draws work, and similar subjects.
As required in Arizona, students must be at least 10 years old to graduate from the class. This is an advanced-level class that tests an individual’s knowledge. Anyone who would like to participate in one of these classes needs to contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department Education Branch at (623) 236-7235 and provide the necessary documents.
For a testimonial about the supplemental hunter education classes, below is a letter from Steve Osminski of Michigan.
I took one of your all-day supplemental hunter education classes a couple of years ago. It was great information, and I’m sure the permanent bonus point I earned helped get me my archery elk tag this year. Here is a picture of my do-it-yourself bull. I took him on my eighth day hunting. The shot was less than 10 feet and he went 120 yards and fell in my sight. I wanted to thank the Arizona Game and Fish Department for the great work it does in managing the animals. I appreciate the opportunity to hunt in your great state.