Getting ready to hunt in Virginia is now only a few clicks away.
On Oct. 1, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries launched “full-online” hunter education courses for Virginia residents who are 18 years of age or older.
The new full-online courses for adults are modular-based, featuring the best hunting safety videos available. In addition, the interactive learning exercises and comprehensive hunter education curriculum provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become safe and responsible hunters.
Students are required to pass all the course quizzes with a score of at least 90 percent in order to receive a Hunter Education certificate.
“Implementing a full-online option for hunter education is an important change that will improve the efficient delivery of our services,” said Bob Duncan, executive director of VDGIF. “Utilizing current technology enhances the department’s hunting recruitment efforts while also offering adults a convenient way to learn.”
Students now can complete their courses via various electronic tools, including smartphones, tablets, e-readers and laptops, though VDGIF continues to offer its basic classroom course — its primary delivery method for hunter education and free to the public.
The two companies offering the new full-online option for adult hunters are Kalkomey and Fresh Air. Both are nationally recognized as major providers of online hunter education and boating safety education courses.
Both providers charge for their courses.
The department will be adding additional course providers in the near future.
(Information from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)