The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold additional hunter-trapper education courses this fall to ensure all would-be hunters have the opportunity to complete the mandatory course in time for upcoming hunting seasons.
Everyone who wishes to buy a hunting or furtaker license for the first time also must complete the course, commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said. The commission held classes during the summer but has scheduled more for October and November for various locations around the state, Roe said in a statement.
“Procrastination sometimes gets the better of us, but becoming certified through a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course is mandatory for all first-time license buyers, regardless of age," Roe said.
The classes are free, but participants must register in advance. Online registration is available. No other classes are planned until early next year, according to the commission.
Hunters also may register for an independent-study version of the basic class, which is offered to people age 11 or older. Participants must study the course content and complete a two- to three-hour class before being tested and certified. Study guides are available online or by calling 717-787-7015. There is a $1.59 fee to mail study guides.
Since 1959, more than 1.8 million hunters have been certified in Pennsylvania after taking the course, according to the commission.