Hunter Education Internet + Field Course - 10/17/2020 - (877711)
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. The classroom lecture portion and final testing will be conducted in a covered outdoor pavilion in the Hidden Falls Adventure Park located in Marble Falls, TX. The remainder of the class consisting of the field and shooting exercises will be conducted at the Copperhead Creek Shooting Club located within the Hidden Falls Adventure park. Good hygiene practices using appropriate social distancing and PPE (mask will be mandatory) will be implemented to insure the safety of the participants. Class Date: October 17, 2020 Class Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Location: Hidden Falls Adventure Park Copperhead Creek Shooting Club 7030 E FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654 Phone: (830) 265-4950 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 class, we will complete registration. You may pay in cash or be prepared to write a check. The instructors 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 and mention that they are attending the Hunter Education class in order to be issued a guest placard for their vehicle and be directed to the class location on the facility. The lecture and final testing will be conducted at the covered pavilion in Area B which is located off of the main park road after you have driven past the entrance to the main gun range, the Area A campground, and sporting clays range. The covered pavilion at Area B will be immediately adjacent to the Hidden Falls General Store. For more information on the Copperhead Creek Shooting Club at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park refer to website: www.copperheadclub.com For more information on the Hidden Falls Adventure Park refer to website: www.hiddenfallsadventurepark.com All class participants will need to check in and sign a release of liability for the range and complete class registration at the covered pavilion area where the class will take place. 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 prior to attending this class. Verification of completion of online work will be done at check-in for the field course. 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 Online + 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. 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. - Participate in the field and shooting exercises. Upon successful completion, you may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your certification card. 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. 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. ======================================================== HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATION FIELD DAY COURSE -------------------------------------------------------- Lecture Course Syllabus --------------------------------------------------------- - Weapons / Firearms Fundamentals for Hunters - Safety, Safe Hunting - Hunting Laws - Hunter Ethics - Summary / Recap -- "Shoot - Don't Shoot" - Live Fire o .22 LR rifles o 20 gauge shotgun on stationary 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. =========================== 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 / or 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 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ We plan to have live fire exercises. 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. 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. Minors under 9 years of age will not shoot in the live fire exercise. Shooters 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. 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. ===============================