Parents and Legal Guardians:
Please fill out and sign the form below. Your written permission is required by law to allow people under 16 years old to attend the hunter education course and handle firearms.
Minimum age for course ~ 11 years old. There are exceptions for hunting in other states where hunting is legal for younger people.
Minimum age for license ~ 12 years old. (Adult supervision required until age 16)
About the Course: Trained instructors certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation supervise lessons in the safe handlingof firearms, and most courses include shooting exercises. Students under 12 years old are allowed to handle only air guns.In addition to firearms safety, the hunter education course teaches basic outdoor skills and responsible hunting tech-niques. Emphasis is on helping students become people who will:
• Respect people, wildlife, and nature;
• Be safe,responsible and ethical hunters;
• Appreciate the role of humans as a part of nature;
• support conservation.
Parents are urged to participate with youngsters in completing homework assignments. Discuss the lessons, and helpstudents find the correct anwers to quiz questions, without actually giving the answers away.
Qusetions? see DEC Website, www.dec.ny.gov or call 1-888-hunt-ed2