Illinois has adopted the HunterExam.com interactive hunter education course as an option to preparing for part of hunter ed. The online course allows students to complete coursework before attending required classroom and hands-on field course training needed for their Illinois hunter education certificate.
To check it out, go to www.hunterexam.com/usa/illinois.
I'm not sure how much difference this will make either way in making it easier for kids to get their hunter ed in. But I'm all for anything that makes it easier to get kids through the training, and it strikes me that in 2009 partial online training probably makes a lot of sense.
If instructors or parents with more experience in kids and hunter ed have thoughts, please post below or let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete release from HunterExam.com is below:
ILLINOIS LAUNCHES HUNTEREXAM.COM'S INTERACTIVE HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE
New hunter education course allows students to complete coursework online before attending Field Day training session
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS - Illinois is the latest state to adopt the HunterExam.com interactive hunter education course as an option to prepare for hunting certification. The new HunterExam online course allows students to complete coursework online before attending required classroom and hands-on field course training needed to obtain their Illinois hunter education certificate.
"We commend Illinois for implementing the HunterExam program to help educate today's hunters," said Kerry Moher, vice president of HunterExam.com. The interactive online coursework allows participants to complete a number of the required course sections and hours at home. "Students can register for free and our customized exam center will keep track of their progress as they move through the Illinois Course. Students appreciate the chance to login and out at any time, and pick up right where they left off."
With an emphasis on safety and responsibility, the HunterExam.com program focuses on reducing hunting incidents through coursework presented in a narrative fashion with more than 350 original illustrations, 30 interactive exercises (powered by HE Tools™), followed by review questions and discussion points. Students also have access to HunterExam.com's industry exclusive toll-free customer service help line from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (eastern), seven days a week, as well as its live online chat customer service feature.
Jeff Hopkins, Hunter Education Coordinator, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, emphasizes that "instructor-led Field Days remain a crucial part of the HunterExam process but the online course is a convenient way for students to complete the required course sections and chapter quizzes at home so more hands-on training can be conducted at the Field Day."
HunterExam.com also offers the only treestand safety course based on the latest guidelines developed by the Treestand Manufacturers Association. This new, fully interactive, narrative course effectively engages students and is only 15 minutes long. The treestand safety course is free to anyone with an Internet connection at www.hunterexam.com/treestandsafety.
Students may visit HunterExam.com to view the site free of charge. The online course costs $24.95 to complete and to receive a Field Day voucher. The student must then successfully complete the Field Day in order to obtain their Illinois hunter education certificate. For more information visit www.hunterexam.com/usa/illinois.