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Hunter-Trapper Education. Dave Frey def164@psu.edu. Background Information. Over 1 million hunters in Pennsylvania Many are first time hunters More likely to become hurt while in the field. Background Info. Cont. PA Game Commission founded in 1895 Formal hunter education started in 1959

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hunter trapper education

Hunter-Trapper Education

Dave Frey

def164@psu.edu

background information
Background Information
  • Over 1 million hunters in Pennsylvania
  • Many are first time hunters
  • More likely to become hurt while in the field
background info cont
Background Info. Cont.
  • PA Game Commission founded in 1895
  • Formal hunter education started in 1959
  • 1982 law passed making hunter education mandatory
results of hunter education
Results of Hunter Education
  • Currently, more than 1,700,000 students certified
  • Fatalities from firearms down 80%
  • Similar results throughout the country
    • Proof that hunter education works
objectives of hunter safety education
Objectives of Hunter Safety Education
  • Main focus of firearm safety
  • Proper handling methods
  • Archery, muzzleloading, and trapping techniques
objectives cont
Objectives cont.
  • How to be an ethical hunter
  • Show respect toward other hunters
  • Students should be able to demonstrate this at the end of the course
what does hunter education teach
What Does Hunter Education Teach?
  • Responsibility and Ethics
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Field Care of Game
  • Game Laws
  • Safe archery tactics
  • Treestand safety
firearm safety
Firearm Safety
  • “Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded”
  • Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot
  • Never rest a loaded firearm on a vehicle
archery treestand safety
Archery/Treestand Safety
  • Always use extreme caution when climbing a tree
  • Always wear a safety harness
  • Inspect the tree before climbing
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Hunter Safety Education teaches new hunters everything needed to be safe
  • The program has been proven to work
  • Makes Pennsylvania’s woods a safe place to be
  • Hunter education makes hunting more enjoyable for everyone
conclusion cont
Conclusion Cont.
  • Classes are offered throughout the state
  • Contact PGC for more information
  • Any Questions???
references
References
  • Hunter-Trapper Education Program. Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2006. http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=461&q=153086