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Published on: Sep. 2, 2009

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and make it fun, and chapter reviews and practice tests. You can study at your own pace and wherever you’d like. All you need is access to the Internet; no special software is required. When a student is ready to complete the program and receive Hunter Education Certification, he or she must take and pass the Field Day Qualifier Test online and then attend a single Field Day (approximately 5 hours).

Before taking the Field Day Qualifier Test, you can take as many practice tests as you need for free. The Field Day Qualifier Test is made up of 75 questions chosen from a bank of about 2,500, so no two tests or retests are the same. To find out the results of your test you will be required to pay $15 by credit card. This charge goes directly to Kalkomey Enterprises to offset the costs of developing, maintaining, updating, data processing and providing customer service for online program. The Conservation Department receives no monies from the charge and still offers the free traditional Hunter Education classes for those not wishing to pay the fee.

After passing the Field Qualifier Test with at least an 80 percent and paying the fee, you will be asked to create your own personal account to register for your Field Day. This account will allow you to update and change your field registration. You have one year from the date you pass the online Field Day Qualifier Test to attend and pass a Field Day.

The Field Day is set up to test the application of Hunter Education skills not provided through the online portion of the course. It consists of approximately three hours of hands-on review and exercises of related tasks. Many of the skills reviewed relate to past hunting incidents or issues and need in-depth coverage to ensure comprehension. Students will then take a 50-question test on items from both the field day review and the online portion. The final test is 10 pass/fail practical application stations where the individual must explain and demonstrate proper application of a task. Students must achieve an 80 percent on each of these last two tests to be eligible for certification.

Benefits of Certification

Graduates of the online Hunter Education course receive the same certification as students who attend the traditional classroom course. They will receive a 120-day temporary certification certificate and Missouri Hunter Education graduate patch to take with them when they leave. All online and traditional students also receive (within 120 days): 1) A new hunter starter kit, which includes a DVD, hunting and safety literature, Hunter Journal with free entry card for a hunt of a lifetime and other gifts, plus additional items, and 2) A new Missouri Conservation Heritage Card that will have their Hunter Education number and information on it for faster hunting or fishing permit purchases and discounts at MDC Nature Shops or for online MDC Nature Shop orders.

So if you, or someone you know, is looking for an alternate way to get Hunter Education Certification for upcoming seasons that is convenient, fun and easy, or just looking for more information on hunting, wildlife and conservation and safety, visit www.MissouriConservation.org.

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