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New “Next Step” Hunting and Trapping Course Announced by State DEC

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A new Hunter Education Program (HEP) has been announced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on “Next Step” courses in 7 disciplines for those who have already completed a hunter, bowhunter, or trapper education certification course.

Next Step will offer seven topic areas including: rifle, shotgun, crossbow, archery use and marksmanship, fur handling, land trapping, and water trapping. Each course will take four hours to complete and will highlight safety techniques with students experiencing hands-on learning practical skills from certified HEP instructors.

“The newly introduced Next Step courses are an ideal way for new hunters and trappers to gain skills and confidence through additional education and hands-on experience even if they do not have a mentor to help them get started,” said DEC Commissioner Seggos.

All of the courses will be free, but will require registration. All supplies and equipment will be provided by the instructors. The minimum age to take the Next Step courses is 12 years or older, with no certification offered.

You can find which Next Step courses are available, and to register by clicking HERE.

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