Hunter Education Internet + Field Course - 10/17/2020 - (877711)

Class #877711

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Oct 17
01:00 pm - 06:00 pm
7030 E FM 1431
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Instructor: Maurice Dowdy

About the Course

The 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

Instructor: Maurice Dowdy

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:

For more information on the Hidden Falls Adventure Park 
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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.

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.
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.