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firstlight
dispatches from around the

hunting world

NRA Free Hunter-Ed Online
May be Worth Millions
Annually to States
By J. Scott Olmsted, Editor in Chief

O

nce upon a time there were millions more American
hunters than there are today, and hunting in some
places and at some times actually was, literally, unsafe.
To combat this, in 1948 New York decided to require that new
hunters complete a hunter-safety course before being permitted to purchase a hunting license. But there was a snag: no
such course existed. For help the state turned to the leader in
firearm training: the National Rifle Association. Thereafter, as
all hunters know, hunting went on to become today actually
safer than pingpong.
Over the coming years, as more and more states recognized
the value of hunter-safety training, more and more of them
turned to the NRA to develop their own, state-specific courses.
And that's how the NRA became the leader in hunter education.
The story is true, and it illustrates just how vital your association has been to hunters over the years. We still are vital
to hunters. Today, as all states offer online hunter-ed to augment and in many cases supplant courses in-person, the NRA
is first to offer an absolutely free, comprehensive, interactive,
feature-laden, online hunter-safety course. NRA Hunter Education online features attention-grabbing videos and graphics,
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interactive modules, audio recordings and dozens of photos
presented in easy-to-access components. What's more, the NRA
will tailor the online course to meet any specific requirements
any particular state may need. It's a win-win for hunters and
state fish-and-game agencies looking for creative ways to assure
their future hunters get the goods to get them into the woods.
This is your NRA's gift to hunters and hunting, and most
importantly it doesn't cost any hunter or any state a dime. But
there is a snag: Most states have not accepted this gift. In fact,
it's been a "tough ask" getting states to adopt it; to date only
eight have done so. We could have guessed (and conjured conspiracy theories) as to why the other 42 states would not accept
this free gift, but now a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS) removes any reason whatsoever for states to
refuse it by incentivising its adoption with something no state
wildlife agency should refuse: conservation dollars.
That decision was contained in a memorandum distributed
in May by the FWS Office of the Solicitor wherein it recognizes
the NRA course as a state's in-kind contribution to qualify for
matching grant funds via the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, or simply

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