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New On-line and Home-Study Hunter Education Courses Offer Convenience

LEWISTON - With Idaho's traditional hunter education courses for the Lewiston-area already filled with students, the new online and independent home-study courses remain available for future hunters age 14-year or older who may have difficulty fitting the regular course into their busy schedule.

Both courses are designed to allow students to do much of the course at their convenience and are ideal for busy students, shift workers, business travelers or students needing extra time to study.

In addition, both independent home study and online students must pre-register for and attend a one-day course completion class where they will receive Idaho-specific training and be required to pass the written exam, field and live fire exercises required of all hunter education students.

"The next course completion class is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, and we still have a limited number of seats open," says Kent Henderson, hunter education coordinator for Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG). "Anyone who wishes to attend this session must pre-register by calling me or registering in person at the Lewiston Fish and Game office." Henderson can be contacted at the Lewiston IDFG office located at 1540 Warner Avenue or by calling (208) 799-5010.

To complete the independent study option, students must complete a 40-page workbook and attend the course completion day. Student manuals, workbooks and materials may be obtained from Henderson at IDFG.

To receive credit for completing the online course option, students must complete either the IHEA Introduction to Hunter Education course available at www.IHEA.com, or Today's Hunter, a nine-chapter course and the online Pre-Certification Exam available through the Idaho Fish and Game Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov or at http://hunter-ed.com/id/.

Upon successful completion of the exam, students will be able to print a certificate of course completion. This certificate is required for admittance to the course completion day. There is a $15.00 examination fee for the Pre-Certification Exam and certificate, which is paid directly online.