Instructions & Information for Students Considering the Independent Study Course

The Independent Study Hunter Education Course is an alternative format to the traditional course. This course is designed for those students who have scheduling conflicts and find that they cannot attend the evening and weekends required to complete the course. Independent study offers a flexible learning option at a distance and allows the student to complete some of the material independently, without attending multiple class sessions.

This format is NOT easier than a traditional course! The homework is only one part of the course. Students must also attend both class sessions for the entire time scheduled (total class time equals 12 hours) and PASS the exam as well. The homework takes MORE TIME than a standard course, but the majority of the hands-on field work usually takes only one day. As with all other hunter education program offerings, there is no charge for the course. All materials are provided. Please take a moment to review the information on the Independent Study course requirements below.

How to Complete the Independent Study Course

  1. Enroll in one of the Basic courses offered in the Independent Study format. If you want to take the course in this format, you may ONLY enroll in the courses listed as Independent Study .) Reserve a seat for the Independent Study course which includes one evening, a field day and an exam. STUDENTS 17 YEARS OLD and YOUNGER (minors) must have parental or guardian consent to participate in the course. Parents and guardians are invited and strongly encouraged to accompany the minor. Minors taking the course with an adult are more likely to be successful in the course.
  2. Attend First Class. Obtain instruction on course requirements, receive study materials including the student manual and receive lessons on Hunting laws and Hunter ethics.
  3. Do The Homework. There are two options. Either complete the Home Study workbook provided on the first night and bring it to the field day OR complete all fourteen (14) sections of the International Hunter Education online course and associated end-of-section quizzes. Quiz scores are available after each section. Retake the quiz until you receive a score of 100%. Print the quiz results and bring them to the Field day. Only students who complete and submit the homework assignment may attend and participate in the Field Day activities.Please note: The online course works best by using the Internet Explorer web browser. Some features of the course are not available otherwise.
  4. Attend the field day and take the exam. At the field day, students participate in a number of skills-based learning stations. Field performance is a factor in determining successful completion of the course. Students are expected to demonstrate safe gun handling and a mature and responsible attitude toward firearms, people and natural resources. There is also a final written exam. Students must pass the exam with a score of 80% or better.

If you have more questions about the suitability of this format for you or another prospective student, please call the Hunter Education Program at (978) 772-0693.