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tion Association (IHEA). The curriculum appears in three instructional formats: traditional classroom lecture/demonstration course, classroom instruction with skills station, or independent study opportunities. By using Lori Richardson three separate formats, flexibility EDUCATORS at a Schoolyard Habitat Workshop at has been incorporated into the Nolde Environmental Education Center in Reading HTE program to accommodate pose behind a habitat they created during the the needs of students and the ca- workshop in June. pabilities of our volunteer instructors and the agency’s field staff. The format incorporating skill-based training is proving to be the most effective and also the most enjoyable for students. In addition to the classroom component, students receive one-on-one instruction in a small group setting. A total of four stations are conducted at which students learn to load and unload firearms, handle firearms safely in hunting situations, decide when to shoot and where to aim at game animals during video simulations, and basic marksmanship skills. A hands-on approach is used throughout, as students handle real firearms. Independent study classes are now being conducted around the state for students 14 years of age and older. These students study online and then attend a short session where they will participate in a lesson on hunting laws and regulations. At the conclusion of the lesson, students take the standard HTE written examination. On average, the independent study component takes about 8-10 hours for the student to complete. The actual class is about two hours in length. During this past year, the minimum participation age for this format was lowered from the original age of 17. This reduction is designed to expand the opportunities for students who desire to use this training method. The final wave of Pennsylvania counties will transition to this new curriculum in 2009. By the end of the year, all HTE classes across the state should be on board with the new curriculum. At that point, all hunter education students across Pennsylvania will benefit from the latest training methods, techniques and equipment to further their participation as safe, knowledgeable and responsible hunters and trappers. The PGC provides advanced hunter and trapper training in the form of its voluntary Successful Bowhunting course and its Cable Restraint Training course. The Successful Bowhunting course, consisting of a 6-hour independent study module and a 1-day, 8hour class, continues to be popular. During the past year 494 students were certified at one of the reported 23 classes statewide. The curriculum, designed to meet IHEA standards for bowhunter training, features hands-on training for both new and veteran bowhunters. The training is designed to improve the student’s skills and abilities, thereby increasing enjoyment and success. Big game anatomy and shot placement, shooting exercises, hunting methods and techniques, big game recovery and care, treestand use and safety, basics of using a map and compass together with distance estimation are but a few of the lessons conducted at the 1-day class. Much of the training is held outdoors in a wooded environment. Students who successfully complete the training receive certification that is recognized and accepted throughout North America. Four years ago, the Game Commission authorized the use of cable restraint devices to capture coyotes and foxes during the later part of the furtaking season. Included in this action was a requirement for mandatory training of all persons who desire to use JANUARY 2009 21

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