Posted May 17, 2018
For future sportsmen and sportswomen, taking a hunter safety course is a rite of passage. The course not only educates those looking to join the world of hunting in the proper use of firearms, it also passes on the building blocks of what it means to be a true sportsman.
Requirements for taking a hunter safety course in North Carolina
In North Carolina, individuals seeking to obtain a hunting license must successfully complete a hunter education course. There are no minimum age requirements, however, classes are taught at a sixth grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. Courses are a minimum of six hours, taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors, and certification is accepted in every state and province in North America.
Beginning on July 1, 2013, “a person regardless of age, may not purchase a hunting license in North Carolina without producing one of the following: a hunter education certificate of competency, North Carolina hunting heritage apprentice permit, or a North Carolina hunting license issued prior to July 1, 2013.”
What is taught during a hunter safety course?
Individuals taking a hunter education course can expect to learn, among other valuable skills, how to properly handle, store, load, carry, and shoot a firearm. Additionally, your hunter safety instructor will work to instill the values of tradition, ethics, responsibility, landowner relations, and fair chase practices into each student.
Like the sport of hunting itself, a hunter safety course focuses primarily on preparation, with little focus on the subject of taking game.
How will I know when I, or my child, is ready for a hunter safety course?
It’s not enough for a person to meet the standard minimum requirements to participate in a hunter education course. Students should have a knowledge of responsibility, respect, and a level of maturity that suggests they understand what is expected of them.
Where can I take a hunter safety course in North Carolina?
There are many organizations that host hunter education courses in North Carolina. The National Rifle Association, as well as the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are two of these organizations. Courses are offered in various locations around the state and can be registered for in advance. Some courses even offer an online learning experience.
When enjoying the great outdoors in North Carolina, stop by and visit the knowledgeable professionals at Perry’s Gun Shop at 21 E 3rd Street, Wendell, or visit us online at https://www.perrysgunshop.com/.