Frankfort, KY. - A pilot program to introduce online registration for hunter education courses is now underway in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties.
Successful completion of hunter education is required of licensed hunters born on or after January 1, 1975. Hunters can receive a special one-year exemption card if they cannot complete coursework by the start of a season.
Jamie Cook, mentor hunting coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said online registration will allow students to receive their hunter education cards more quickly.
"Online registration allows instructors to monitor their class enrollment weeks before the class begins and gives them time to complete their federally mandated paperwork online,” Cook said. "The new system will reduce the delivery time of hunter education certification certificates to students.”
The new online registration system will be adopted statewide beginning March 1, 2014. Until then, participants can show up at course locations outside of northern Kentucky without preregistering.
"At that time, all hunter education students will have to register online before coming to a hunter education course,” Cook said. "If students do not have computer access, they can visit their local libraries and use the computers there to register.”
Topics covered in hunter education include hunter ethics, wildlife conservation and identification, field care of game, trapping, first aid, firearm safety, archery and muzzleloading. The last session of the course will include a written test and a live fire exercise. The in-person courses are free.
Those who wish to take the training should consult the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife webpage at fw.ky.gov and click on the "education and outdoor activities” tab to find a scheduled course they would like to attend. The online registration links are embedded within the course descriptions for Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties.
Internet-only versions of the Kentucky Hunter Education Course exist as an option for students. This training costs either $15 or $13.
For more information on hunter education courses or online options, log onto fw.ky.gov.