From: Tammy Sapp- Kalkomey Enterprises

Take a hunter education course at and

Even though most of the country is still in the grip of scorching temperatures, hunters already are thinking about early season hunting opportunities. Taking a hunter safety course at or is a great way to prepare for bowhunting and early season dove, duck and goose hunting.

“Studying at and is free to the public and allows students to learn about hunter safety in the comfort of their home,” said Kurt Kalkomey, president of Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. “These days it’s a challenge to find a free weekend or multiple week nights to take the classroom hunter safety course. The and online courses save time and money and open up hunting opportunities for young and novice hunters.”

Students can take the first step toward receiving their hunter or bowhunter certification by successfully completing the online course for hunter education or bowhunting. Those who must be certified before they can buy a hunting license pay a one-time fee, which is due only if they pass the test. Students can take the test as many times as they need to pass it. Online hunter safety and bowhunting education courses are available in participating states so students should visit or to take a course specific to their state.

After passing the exam at or, students should immediately print out a Field Day Qualifier Certificate, which admits them to a field day in their state (if applicable). Many states require students to pre-register for field days, so hunter education coordinators advise students to visit their state wildlife agency website to sign up. Field days typically include a skills trail, shooting exercises, ethics presentation, and a final hunter education exam.

The contents at are developed in conjunction with the state agency responsible for hunter education. Students who use will study the same content used in classroom courses. is the official online course of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) and is approved by all states requiring successful completion of a recognized bowhunter education course.