While the major purpose of Hunter Education programs is still the prevention of hunting and firearm related accidents, more and more emphasis is being placed on improving knowledge about the heritage of hunting. The importance of the young hunter developing a sense of ethics and responsibility is stressed. Both the first time and veteran hunter are encouraged to become involved in all matters related to hunting, wildlife, and the environment. Responsible, ethical behavior by hunters and personal involvement in the community will be essential to the future of wildlife and the survival of hunting.
Hunter Education courses in Wyoming are sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), and by similar wildlife management agencies in other states. The major sources of funding for these agencies are from sales of hunting and fishing licenses and from federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.
The course consists of six required sections:
1. Hunter Responsibility and Ethics
2. Wildlife Conservation and Management
3. Firearms and Firearm Safety
4. Game and Fish Statutes and Regulations
5. Game Care and Wildlife Identification
6. Outdoor Safety
A written test is administered at the end of the course with a minimum score of 70% requiredto successfully complete the course. Where possible, students are given a chance to live fire ata shooting range. Whether the student passes also depends on attitude and cooperation during theclass and the firearms handling.
Hunter Education Cards
Each student who passes the course receives a temporary Wyoming HE certificate that is good for two weeks. After the two week time frame students must visit the Department web page and print off their permanent cards. These cards allow him or her to hunt inWyoming and any other states with reciprocity to Wyoming.