“Time to go, time to know” was a quote said by NC Wildlife Officer, Doug Jones during the 2nd day of the Hunter Safety Course. He told the participants if you have time to go hunting, you have time to know the regulations for hunting.
For the second year in a row, 4-H has partnered with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to offer a hunter safety course exclusively to 4-H youth as part of our summer program. The course is free and provides 10 hours of instruction including firearm safety, ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety. The course is taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors.
This year, we had 10 youth participating in the course. Of the 10 participants, 9 completed the course with a 70 or higher on their final exam. It is the law that all first time license buyers have to take and pass the hunter safety course before they can buy a hunting license. Youth do not have to have a hunting license until the age of 16.
Due to hunter education, hunting accidents have decreased by over 50% during the last twenty years making hunting one of the safest recreational activities.
NC Wildlife Officer, Doug Jones demonstrating different gun actions.