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Bang! Hunter Safety Courses in Oregon Jump The Gun By Going Online

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Is this a sign that online education has jumped the gun?

Or is it a sign that it continues, with a shotgun approach, to be a real bang?

The Portland Oregonian reports that the hunter safety courses are moving partly online in 2012. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife made it easier for young people to sign up for required hunter-education courses. In the past, Bill Monroe reports, potential hunters waited too long to register for the course. But now…:

Some of that wrinkle was ironed out with the addition of an online course and workbook that cuts out attendance at a classroom session. But the course’s field day remains a requirement for completion and registration is still required.

That just got easier this week with the addition of a fast, virtually effortless online registration feature.

Students and/or their parents may now go online and choose to take the hunter education course entirely in a classroom setting or by independent study (online or by workbook). Independent students must pass a required field day that includes live fire exercises before getting certified.

Youngsters or their parents may also register at any license sales agent or department office that sells licenses and tags. Previously, they had to email or telephone class instructors.

Our first thought was, “Is this really a good idea to take hunter safety classes online?” So long as they have live gun training and instruction as part of the course, it seems like a smart move for the academic part of hunter safety training – like scuba training, motorcycle safety courses or even driver’s license training – to be online. It is a way to save money and standardize instruction. Scuba diving via the PADI certification is already online. Perhaps more license certifications will follow?

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