The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a special five-hour hunter education course at the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Students will be required to complete a portion of the course on-line prior to attending the class.
"This on-line option allows the students to take half of the course on-line and attend a five-hour field day to become hunter education certified as an alternative to completing the traditional 10-hour in-person course," said Travis McLain, Barry County conservation agent.
Students interested in receiving a hunter education certificate by participating in the new on-line class will be required to pass a qualifying exam prior to the field day. The on-line exam, which covers all course materials, is worth five hours of credit toward completion of the course.
After passing the on-line exam, students will be able to print a certificate of completion, which will be required at the field day session. The student will also receive a telephone number that will allow them to register for a field day class.
Students may study and review course materials on-line at no cost. A $15 fee will be required to take the on-line qualifying exam. Test fees are charged by the company that hosts the on-line hunter education exam. MDC does not receive compensation for the on-line service.
After completing the on-line qualifying test, the student will have one year to attend a hunter education field day. If the student fails to attend a field day within the year, they will be required to complete the on-line test again or participate in the free 10-hour course.
The five-hour field day session will include a review of the course materials, a written multiple choice exam and a hands-on skills test.
Individuals who are 11 years of age or older are eligible to participate in any hunter education class, including the on-line course. Hunter education materials are written at a ninth grade reading level and students under the age of 15 are encouraged to ask an adult for help with the material.
The Aug. 16 field day is the only class currently scheduled to be held in Barry County. Other classes will be held in Willard, Carthage and Bolivar.
The on-line hunter education course can be accessed through the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov.
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