Hunter education courses starting now

Lynn Mitchell - email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - 2010–2011 Texas Hunting licenses are now on sale online and at many local retailers.

Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, is required to take the Hunter Education Training Course to hunt in Texas, and individuals as young as nine can take the course.

Courses in many counties are starting this month, so check the calendar at "The Texas Parks and Wildlife" website frequently for the latest updates of courses in the East Texas  area.

By law, the agency is required to offer the hunter education course at least once in each county every year. In Tyler, field courses will be offered in August, September, and in October.

Hunters can take the traditional two-day course that must be spread over a minimum of ten hours during that time, or they can opt to take the knowledge-base portion online then attend one day of training in the field. The hunter education online course is free, and the field course costs $15, but there are often separate facility-use or range fees associated with the course.

Hunter Education Deferral  costs $10 and allows a person 17 years of age or older who has not completed a hunter education program to defer completion for up to one year. A deferral may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year.

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