COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Women and girls in the Pikes Peak Region who want to complete a Colorado Division of Wildlife “on-line” hunter education course can do so in May.
The course will consist of a combination of classroom sessions, on-line sessions and outdoor activities. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.
“Some women have told us they are interested in becoming sanctioned to hunt in Colorado but are worried about feeling uncomfortable in a hunter safety class with mostly men and boys,” said Tonya Sharp, DOW District Wildlife Manager from Woodland Park.
Colorado’s hunter education courses cover firearms handling and safety, hunter ethics, wildlife conservation and management, outdoor survival, and an overview of what Colorado has to offer hunters.
Upon successful completion, participants will be issued a Colorado hunter safety card and be certified to hunt in Colorado. Colorado hunter safety cards are accepted everywhere in the United States as proof of education for the purchase of a hunting license.
The first classroom session is on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.at the DOW office at 4255 Sinton Road in Colorado Springs
Students will then complete the ‘on-line’ portion of the class at their own pace before reconvening again on Sunday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mueller State Park and Dome Rock State Wildlife Area in Divide.
The course is free, but there is a $7 per car charge to enter Mueller State Park. The class is open to all women and girls over the age of 10.
Students must turn in all printed quizzes and score sheets; and pass the written exam. In addition, each student must complete the live firearms exercises required of traditional hunter education students.
Interested individuals should contact Tonya Sharp at (719) 227-5281 to pre-register.
Anyone born after 1948 must complete a hunter education course to be eligible to purchase a hunting license in Colorado.
The Internet Home-Study Hunter Ed course is an alternative designed to meet unusual schedules and different learning styles. The program covers the same information students would receive in a classroom setting. However, it does not eliminate the need to attend the “in-person” portion of Hunter Ed.
WHO: Women and girls over age 10
WHAT: On-Line Hunter Education Class
WHEN: May 17 and June 5
WHERE: DOW office in Colorado Springs, Mueller State Park and Dome Rock SWA in Divide
WHY: Eligibility to purchase hunting licenses in Colorado