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  • Hunter-education requirements can be fulfilled online

  • Young guns can now point and click their way toward the necessary hunter-education requirements needed to hunt in Oregon.
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  • Young guns can now point and click their way toward the necessary hunter-education requirements needed to hunt in Oregon.
    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife now is equipped for hunter-education students to register online at the agency's licensing website, https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license, for classes and the required field day.
    Young hunters can also register at any license sales agent, such as local sporting goods stores.
    The new site, which went live this week, should streamline the sign-up process for students and volunteer hunter-ed instructors, and it fulfills a years-old request by students and parents to get organized online, says James Reed, ODFW's hunter-education coordinator.
    Oregon is the first state to integrate education registration though its licensing sales system, according to Reed.
    To register, students must pay the $10 class application fee and choose the scheduled date and time they want for their classes or field day. Contact information for the class instructor is printed on their receipt. Students who do not have access to the Internet can call the hunter-education department at 503-947-6028.
    Hunter education is mandatory for all hunters under 18 and is recommended for any new hunter. The course covers topics such as firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife identification, hunt preparation and techniques, and outdoor survival.
    The Oregon program certifies about 6,000 new hunters each year. Classes are taught by ODFW's network of volunteer hunter-education instructors.
    In addition to being available online, the course can be taken entirely through a classroom setting or independent study through a workbook. Independent students must pass a field-day exam that includes live-fire exercises.
    More information: www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/index.asp.
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