Vermont moves Field Day course online for hunters

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BENNINGTON — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has canceled all in-person hunting education courses as the state and country deals with the coronavirus outbreak, but they are giving residents the opportunity to get their certification online.

Residents looking to get their hunting license go to the Fish and Wildlife website. They have to complete the online homework during the safety course and then complete a virtual Field Day. After completing both parts, people can email their certificates to huntereducation@vermont.gov to get their orange card.

"Home school study has been a part of it for a few years," said Kevin Hoyt, a Bennington resident who is a professional outdoorsman and conservationist. "The new part is the virtual field day."

The virtual field day, which takes between four and six hours, includes learning survival skills, demonstrations on tree stand safety, following blood trails, items for hunter education that someone would get at an in-person training.

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"The ability to have them do it online is awesome," Hoyt said.

Hoyt said the change — which is temporary until the end of May — might spur younger hunters to get their license.

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"Using the technology to have an online course, some of the newer hunters are younger and it might increase the numbers," Hoyt said.

Trapper education classes will be able to do so via a correspondence course that will be available in late April or early May. For people to get the course materials, people are asked to email huntereducation@vermont.gov and in the body of the e-mail include your name and address. Correspondence course materials will be sent out by the end of April or beginning of May.

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According to the Fish and Wildlife Department, online certification does not extend to bowhunter education at this time, but bowhunter classes and all in-person courses will resume in the fall.

For more information, contact the Vermont Hunter Education Program at 802-828-1193.

Official Vermont Hunter Safety Online Course: https://www.hunter-ed.com/vermont/

Virtual Field Day: https://www.huntercourse.com/virtualfieldday/


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