Hunter Education Internet + Field Course - 09/12/2020 - (842552)
7030 E FM 1431
MARBLE FALLS, TX 78654
Instructor: Maurice Dowdy
About the CourseThe Internet + Field Course is ideal for those under 17 years of age and adults wanting a more hands-on field and live-fire experience during the basic course. We recommend younger students be accompanied by an adult during the field course. The certification process consists of two parts:
- Online Course: Complete the FREE TPWD on NRA online course option.
- Field Course: Attend a course with a TPWD certified instructor. The fee for the Field Course is $15.00. Some instructors may charge additional fees associated with a shooting range or other facility.
ONLINE COURSE: Free Online courses include TPWD and NRA. For TPWD, please print out the results of the FINAL QUIZ. For NRA, please print off the Field Course Voucher. Both allow you entry to an approved Field Course. Be sure to register for a known field course near you prior to taking the online course. Note: If you search a browser for an online course, you may get information about PAY-FOR courses which apply only to those 17 years of age or older.
FIELD COURSE: A Field Course is typically completed in about 4 hours (min.) a discussion of ethics, a skills course and live-fire exercises. You must pre-register for this course, preferably before you complete the free online course.
ARRIVAL: When you arrive at the Field Course:
- Pay the $15 fee to the instructor. Some instructors may charge additional fees for a shooting range or other facility.
- Demonstrate good knowledge, skills and attitude.
- Take the written exam and score at least 75% to pass.
More questions? Check our FAQ page.
Hunter Education Internet + Field Course This course has been modified to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. In addition to the original self-guided online Internet portion of the course that students take on their own, the classroom lecture portion and final testing will also be completed online. The remainder of the class consisting of the field and shooting exercises will be conducted in an outdoor setting using appropriate social distancing, PPE (mask will be mandatory), and good hygiene practices to insure safety of the participants.
Online Lecture: Date: September 12, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Field and Shooting Exercise: Date: September 19, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Copperhead Creek Shooting Club 7030 E FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654 Phone: (830) 265-4956 Website: www.copperheadclub.com Instructor: Maurice Dowdy E-mail: email@example.com The field and shooting exercise at this location will include live fire with a selection of hunting guns including .22 rimfire rifles and 20 gauge shotgun. Thus, there are additional fees to cover range use, liability coverage, and facilities fees of $10 per student. Add the Texas Parks & Wildlife course fee and the total is $25 per student. At the time of the field and shooting exercise, we will complete registration. You may pay in cash or be prepared to write a check. The instructor cannot process credit cards. The Copperhead Creek Shooting Club is located on and is part of the Hidden Falls Adventure Park. All class participants will need to check in at the main gate of the park in order to be issued a guest placard for their vehicle prior to proceeding to the gun club. For more information on the Copperhead Creek Shooting Club at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park refer to website: www.copperheadclub.com All class participants will need to check in and sign a release of liability for the range and complete class registration at the dedicated range facility that will be prominently marked prior to arriving at the gun club building. About the Course This course is designed for novice or young hunters, ages 9 years and above. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics, and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided. You must preregister for this course via the the Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education website. The student will then be expected to complete the self-guided online portion of the course on their own. The lecture portion of the Hunter Education Classroom Course that is normally conducted in a physical class room will be conducted online instead and is expected to take a maximum of 3 hours. Following this, the student will then take the final Hunter Education certification test online. A score of 75% is required to pass. Prior to the field and shooting exercise, the remaining check-in which will include payment of fees and verification of completion of online work including testing will be done at the same outdoor range facility where the field and shooting exercise will be conducted. Courses are offered across the state year round and are taught by certified volunteer instructors. The fee for the certification is $15. Some instructors may apply additional charges for the class, such as range or facility fees. Preregistration is required. Check with the instructor for directions and any special instructions prior to going to class.Be sure to verify with the instructor that the class you are registering for is the Hunter Education Internet + Field Course.You may also contact your local Texas Parks and Wildlife Department office or call TPWD Austin headquarters at 1-800-792-1112, ext. 4999. The online class lecture will be on September 12 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. All students must have Internet access and supply a valid e-mail address at preregistration to receive the link for the online class lecture. The field craft and shooting exercises will be on September 19 with four different time slots available during the time period of 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The exercises are expected to last a total of 45 minutes and students will be required to sign up for one of the available time slots so that no more than 10 students will be participating in these exercises at any one time. Instructions on signing up for field exercise time slots will be given during the online lecture portion of the class. This class offering includes live fire and is best for students with limited experience with firearms that would benefit from live fire experience with multiple guns including shotguns and rifles. Since this class includes a live fire exercise, all participants will need to sign a gun club release of liability in order to participate. When you arrive at the field portion of the course: - Check in with the class instructor. - Pay the fee to the instructor. - Submit documentation of online course participation including test completion. - Participate in the field and shooting exercises. Upon successful completion, your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be available for downloading and printing from your Account Profile. More questions? Check the Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education FAQ page. Register now. ======================================================== HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATION FIELD DAY COURSE -------------------------------------------------------- Online Lecture Course Syllabus : (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) --------------------------------------------------------- - Weapons / Firearms Fundamentals for Hunters - Safety in the Outdoors - Hunting Laws - Hunter Ethics - Summary / Recap -- "Shoot - Don't Shoot" THE CORE OF HUNTER EDUCATION - SAFETY, safe hunting - LEGAL & NOT LEGAL - Basics for hunting - ETHICS - basic issues in sportsmanship for hunting - SUMMARY - SHOOT or DON"T SHOOT - TESTING - Live Fire o .22 LR rifles on steel swinger targets or stationary clay birds at a short but safe range o 20 gauge shotgun with birdshot on hand thrown clay bird targets (optional) Students must be large enough to fire a rifle or shotgun offhand. As per range rules, students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present during live fire. Minors under 9 years of age will not shoot in the live fire exercise. Firearms and ammo will be provided by the instructor for the live fire exercise. The Live Fire is not a test of marksmanship or a requirement for the Basic course as knowledge of safe firearm handling techniques is the course requirement. Shooting is not required to pass the course. The Live Fire exercise is intended to be fun and expose the shooter to multiple types of shooting including: 22 rimfire for plinking and small game and 20 gauge shotgun for field hunting. Live fire starts with 22 long rifle rimfire. This is very low / almost nil recoil. Shooting will be conducted at one of the club's gun ranges. Thus, it's lots of fun and a safe environment. Shooting is an option that the student shooter makes. Parents are encouraged to support whatever decision a youth hunter makes and to be an observer during live fire. Participants not demonstrating competent gun handling will have restricted live fire opportunities. If the student demonstrates safe gun handling techniques and can put rounds on target, they may get the option for additional shooting / weapons / calibers. While on the range, the Range Master / Range Safety Officer has complete authority over shooting to promote & improve range safety. All activities on the range are subject to the Range Master approval. =========================== Key points for this class: A) Please bring pen and notepad for taking notes. B) Please bring a set of ear and eye protection for Live Fire C) Dress appropriately for the outside weather: hats, coats, and sunscreen. D) Likewise bring water / drinks during class. E) Registration for the class is done on-line Check-in / payments are made at the beginning of the field exercises portion of the class. F) DO NOT BRING ANY FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION G) If a student is under 9 years old, they must be accompanied at the class. Parents are welcome to attend and monitor/audit the class for free. H) Only those requesting a certificate of completion will be charged the $15 TPWCD fee for the class. All those who participate in the Live Fire portion of the class will need to pay the $10 range fee. I) All will need to sign a release of liability. J) Minor students must have a parent or guardian with them at the beginning of the course to sign their release. I truly want everyone of my students to do well, pass the test, and learn to be a safe hunter. I've had good success. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ===============================