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Hunting in Kentucky: Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt in Kentucky? How Do I Pass Classes?

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 06:08 PM

In Kentucky, safety among hunters is a really important issue. Too many people die or are seriously injured every year because gun-holders ignore simple precautions, or those shooting didn’t take proper care when they were hunting. Since 1991, all those wishing to hunt in the Bluegrass State need to carry a valid “Hunter Education Card” along with a valid license for hunting in Kentucky. Bow-hunters, not carrying a firearm, need to be in possession of a “National Bow-Hunter Education Program” card if they don’t have the hunter education one.

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To qualify for a card, all hunters over the age of 12 need to complete the “Hunter Education Course.” The hunter may do the course online. It is also possible to complete the course at any of the approved education centers or at home by ordering the state approved CD-ROM. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDWF) lists all of the important information on the course module, including where to order the CD-Rom and a list of the education centers.

According to the KDWF website, there are nine modules to the written section of the Hunter Education Course for the hunter to take:
  1. Introduction to Hunter Education: This module covers safe hunting practices, awareness of hunting laws and ethical behavior when you are on a hunt.
  2. Know Your Firearm: This course teaches firearm knowledge, ammunition types, firearm safety, use of sights and magazines, the differences between firearms, the correct ammunition to use, range and safe cleaning, and storage.
  3. Basic Shooting Skills: This course covers rifle, shotgun and handgun shooting, and it also includes good marksmanship skills. It also teaches hunters about accuracy limits.
  4. Basic Hunting Skills: This module includes the planning and preparation of a hunt including strategies, vital shots, and field care of shot animals.
  5. Primitive Hunting Equipment and Techniques: This session teaches a brief history of primitive hunting techniques including the use of a bow and arrow, and a muzzleloader.
  6. Be a Safe Hunter: This course teaches you how to be a safe hunter, what to avoid, and how to safely carry weapons and ammunition.
  7. Be a Responsible and Ethical Hunter: Hunting laws, hunter ethics, and stages of hunter development are the focus of this course.
  8. Preparation and Survival Skills: This module covers first aid, coping with severe weather, map reading, survival skills and the importance of good planning.
  9. Understanding Wildlife: Identification, conservation, and wildlife management are among the subjects taught in the final topic of the training course.
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Once finished with the written course and upon passing the exam, the hunter is required to take the “Range Day” training module. This one-day course which is also run by the KDWF, will include a live fire exercise and another written exam.

Once the two sections of the course are completed, the valid Hunter Education Card is issued by the KDWF. Participation in the course is free, but a fee of $15 is due once the hunter has passed. Since the introduction of the safety course, the number of hunting accidents has declined, while the amount of people hunting has increased. The positive effects of taking the course are obvious and the benefits are enormous.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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