Santa Cruz Hunter Education Class Registration Form

ABOUT THIS HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE

This California Hunter Education Course is taught by volunteer instructors certified by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). The regular class takes place over two consecutive Saturdays. Check the CA DFW website for the schedule of this and other hunter education classes: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/classes.aspx. The online class is completed in your home at your pace and then you are required to meet and complete a certification process which takes approximately four hours. (THE ONLINE CERTIFICATION IS GEARED TOWARDS ADULTS. CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS OLD HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME COMPLETING THE CERTIFICATION.)

A fee of $25.00 per person taking the course is charged to cover the purchase of training aids. The fee will be collected during registration on the first Saturday or during the online certification day. Parking is free so you do not have to pay to park on campus,

The regular hunter education course consists of at least ten hours of classroom instruction in the following areas: firearms safety and handling, sportsmanship and ethics, wildlife management and conservation, archery, black powder, wildlife identification, game care, first aid, and survival. In addition to attending class, students are encouraged to complete the chapter review exercises and study at home. Students are also encouraged to take practice tests available on-line at the following url: http://www.hunter-ed.com/ca/ca_internet.htm.

Parents are encouraged to participate with their children in the course and it’s related activities. There is not a minimum age requirement to take the course, but young children may find the course demanding. To determine if your child is ready for the class, your child should be able to safely handle, shoulder and hold a shotgun or rifle and manipulate it through a loading and simulated firing exercise.

Instructors may turn away children who do not meet this minimum safety standard. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor before registering your child for class.

Individuals wishing to take the course should arrive on the scheduled Saturday before 9:00 a.m. to complete the required registration. The class should end before 2:00 p.m. Participants should bring snacks, drinks, or a bag lunch to class. Students should also bring paper and pen/pencil and hi-lighter to class to take notes.

Upon arrival, and as part of registration, each student must complete the Hunter Education Student Record Form. On this form students are required to provide their name, address, phone number, last four digits of their security number, and date of birth. Parents or legal guardians of minors (17 and under) taking the course are required to sign a release, provided as part of the registration. Parents or guardians of a minor, who themselves do not plan to sign-up for the test, may attend the class with the minor. Parents who drop-off their children for class should return promptly at the end of class to pick-up their children.

Each individual taking the course will be provided with a copy of Today’s Hunter, the introduction and guide to the course. Today’s Hunter is also available on-line at the following url: http://www.hunter-ed.com/ca/ca_internet.htm.

A Spanish language version of Today’s Hunter (El Cazador De Hoy) is available. Copies may be obtained in advance from DFW offices or at the time of class. Students desiring a Spanish language version of Today’s Hunter should contact the instructor in advance to make sure copies of this and the Spanish language version of the test will be available. In this class, instruction will be in English. Hunter education classes are offered in Spanish. Check the DFW website above or contact the DFW directly to the dates, times, and locations of hunter education classes offered in Spanish.

Students who successfully complete the course of instruction and pass the final examination are awarded a Certificate of Completion. This certificate must be presented when applying for a hunting license from the DFW or from California or out of state license agents. Contact the DFW or see the following url for information on licensing: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/huntdescrip.html.

The Hunter Education Instructor makes the final decision in determining whether a student is qualified to receive a Certificate of Completion. A student who is unsafe, fails to demonstrate good sportsmanship, or is disruptive in the classroom, will not be issued a Certificate of Completion regardless of the test score.

A student who does not pass the examination will not be issued a Certificate of Completion. The unsuccessful student may sign-up for another class. Instructors will be available to discuss the appropriate options with students, and parents in the case on minors, following the scoring of the exams.

The class takes place at J&S Surplus in Moss Landing on Hwy 1 and Struve Road. When the class attendance grows to a size larger than our capacity at J&S Surplus we move the class to Cabrillo College in Aptos. Students will be notified of class location changes. A map and driving directions to the class at Cabrillo can be found at the following url: http://www.cabrillo.edu/home/about/cmap/. As guests of Cabrillo College, we ask that every participant respect the Campus rules, behave appropriately, and clean up after themselves. There is absolutely no smoking on campus.

The online certification process is slightly different. Students must complete the online portion of the class at their own pace. Once students have completed the online portion and have printed out their completion certificate, then they can sign up for the one day certification listed below. The certification consists of at least a four hour review of the course materials. You must know the class material when you come to the certification. Instructors will be asking questions of the students and they are required to know the answers and participate in the discussions.

Confirmation of registration will be sent out approximately one week prior to the class. Additional information will be sent out as well if applicable.

For additional information contact Chuck Woodson by phone at 831-295-1939 or by E-Mail at: chuck.woodson@gmail.com.

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