Hunter Education Online
If time is a problem, consider signing up for Hunter Education Online. Although you will need to schedule a field day to complete your training, you can do the written portion online, anytime. This program is highly popular and field days fill quickly, so check the field-day schedule for an available class before you start. Since a field day could fill before you complete the course, check the field-day schedule again before you take the field-day qualifier test and pay your $15.
Who can take Hunter Education Online?
- Anyone 11 years of age or older, but be aware that the materials are written to a ninth-grade reading level.
- If you're between the ages of 11 and 14, consider asking an adult for help with the material.
What does the online test cover and how long does it take to complete?
- The online test covers all the written material required for the course (worth five hours' credit). It includes animations, videos, and other learning enhancements. The course is adapted to those with sight and auditory difficulties.
- With self-paced materials, you determine the length of test time — however, you must take the final test in one computer session.
- Take unlimited chapter reviews and pre-tests—for free.
- Take and pass a final field-day qualifier exam with a score of 80 percent or better.
How much does it cost?
- It costs nothing to study, review, take chapter tests, or practice tests online.
- Before receiving your online test field-day qualifier certificate, you must pay $15 after passing the test to the Hunter Education Online host company. MDC receives no monies from this payment.
- Once you pay, you will receive your final test results, be able to print out your field day qualifier certificate, and schedule yourself for a field day.
- Take note — you are not Hunter Education Certified at this point.
- You must schedule a final field component to complete your training and receive your certificate.
- If you fail the online field-day qualifier test, you can retake it again — you only pay when you pass.
When do I take the field component?
- If you pass the field-day qualifier test, you will receive an opportunity to schedule yourself for a field-day date. You can log back into your account and schedule it later, or change the date of your field-day requirement.
- Visit the Hunter Education Field Day Finder site under External Links below to choose from a list of scheduled field days.
- Field day is worth another five hours' credit.
How long can I wait between the online test and the field day?
- The online field-day qualifier certificate is good for one year.
- If you do not attend a field day within that year, you will have to retake the online course and final test with fee again or attend the traditional free course.
- While waiting to take the field day portion, you can revisit the website to study, review, and take pre-tests as much as you want for free.
What will I do during the field day?
- You can't complete field-day activities without your printed field-day qualifier certificate, so be sure to bring it!
- Review critical skills necessary for safe and responsible hunting.
- Take a multiple-choice test covering your online studies and the day's review items.
- Take a final hands-on demonstration test of the various skills reviewed.
- If you pass with 80 percent on both tests during the field day, you will receive Hunter Education Certification.
- If you fail, you will have to pay another $15 to take the full online course or go through the traditional free classroom course.
What else should I keep in mind when planning for the field day?
- Don't forget to take your printed certificate to field day.
- Field day requires full attendance and passing of both the written and hands-on tests.
- Youth under 16 must attend with an adult.
- Youth under 16 must provide proof of age (birth certificate, school ID, etc.), and those 16 and older must have valid picture ID.
- All attendees must bring a sack meal.