Women-only hunter education course now offered

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CONCORD, N.H. - Women interested in taking Hunter Education in the company of other women can now sign up for a special Women-only Hunter Education Course offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The course involves self-paced online study and an online exam, plus a required Field Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 8 in Holderness. Participants must be 15 years of age or older.

There are two required parts to the Women-only Hunter Education Course; you must successfully complete both to receive certification:

  1. The first step is to study and complete the online Hunter Education Course, then take the online exam (there is a $15 fee to take the exam). You must pass the online exam in order to print out the Field Day Qualifier Exam Certificate, which you will need to gain entry to the Women-Only Field Day.
  2. After passing the online exam, register for the July 8, Women-Only Field Day There is no charge for the Field Day, which will be held at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. The field day includes both written and field exams. Women also participate in a firearms-handling session, a map-and-compass lesson and a live-fire course, capped off by a field exam. After the successful completion of the field day exams, you will be a certified New Hampshire hunter, ready to buy a license and enjoy a great hunting season.

"This course is an opportunity for women to learn the New Hampshire hunting laws and regulations, firearms handling, how to use a map and compass, and how to enjoy hunting safely so they can challenge themselves in the great outdoors this fall," said Tom Flynn, who manages the NH Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. Women are also welcome to participate in traditional Hunter Education courses and field days; the special course simply offers an alternative.

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