The Oklahoma Hunter’s Education Program is an important aspect of the beginning hunter. This is true because it has been proven to reduce the number of hunting accidents in the State of Oklahoma. Statistics show that hunting related accidents and deaths has decrease as much as 70% in the past 30 years in the state of Oklahoma. Not only does this program work, it is required for hunters wishing to get their Oklahoma hunting license if they were born on or after January 1, 1972 or if they are sixteen years old or younger. The only exemptions to this are if the hunter is 36 years old or older, if the hunter has been honorably discharged or is currently on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or if the hunter is a member of the United States National Guard.
The Oklahoma Hunter’s Education Program is offered two ways. Students can either attend a traditional, instructor-led classroom setting in which they attend an eight hour class or they can study independently with a home-study course. The student who takes the home-study course will still be required to attend a four hour classroom course. Either way, the student will have the opportunity to correctly learn important topics such as firearm and hunting safety, wildlife conservation,identification and management, survival and first aid, archery and muzzleloading basics and hunter responsibility and ethics. Each of these topics is important in the journey that makes the hunter be the best that they can be and to ensure that they enjoy a safe hunt as well as the other hunters in the woods. At the end of the course, either the classroom version or the homestudy version, the hunting student will have to take and pass a final exam before they are issued their certificate of completion.
The traditional classroom course is usually an 8 hour course and is held over two days or more. Students attending taking this course will cover the topics mentioned earlier and will take the final exam. This course is taught by instructors who have been trained by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Students who opt for the home-study version of this program will spend more time on the course, but will have the opportunity to work at their own pace, even with the four hour class that they are required to attend. These students, like the classroom students, will be expected to take and pass a final exam.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Oklahoma Hunter’s Education Program is working to reduce hunting related accidents in Oklahoma. This trend seems to be happening throughout America, which further shows the importance of programs such as this. If this continues to be the case, hunting will continue to grow as a sport and become more respectable. This is something that hunters everywhere can take pride in for many years.