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Oklahoma hunting: Record number of Oklahomans take hunter education in 2012 because of new online course

Since debuting in late September, the online class has been completed by almost 7,500.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: January 5, 2013

Nebraska and Alabama have contacted the Wildlife Department about copying Oklahoma's hunter education online course, Meek said.

In addition to the online classes, hunter education also has been taught in some public schools in recent years.

With the help of a grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, teachers received a $400 stipend from the Wildlife Department to obtain hunter education certification so they could teach the course in their classrooms.

Many of the instructors already were teaching Wildlife Department designated curriculum such as the popular Archery in the Schools program.

Now, several instructors are teaching a semester-long outdoors skills class which include such things as hunter education, wilderness first aid, wildlife photography and more.

Even if students do not intend to become hunters, hunter education can benefit them, Meek said.

“It teaches them about firearm safety,” he said. “At least they are exposed to it so they will know what to do if they ever encounter a firearm.”