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California Hunter Education Program - HUNTER EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS
"Instructors Are the Future of Hunter Education in California"
The backbone of California’s hunter education training effort is the many dedicated volunteer instructors, who give their time and energy to the program. They have been the driving force for the program since its inception. California instructors have trained well over one million hunters since the start of the program. Training in the principles of firearm safety, hunter ethics and sportsmanship, wildlife conservation and management, and hunter-landowner relations are the keys for a safe hunting future.
In a continued effort to reduce firearm accidents, the State of California requires all first time resident hunters, regardless of age, to complete hunter education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before purchasing a hunting license.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts training throughout the state. Each year approximately 30,000 students complete the state’s ten-hour minimum hunter education course. Statistics show hunter education training is a success.Hunting accidents of all types have declined substantially since the start of the program.
The California Hunter Safety Program began on January 1, 1954 with the passage of the Davis-Abshire Hunter Safety Training Law. The initial law required all junior hunters to take a Hunter Safety Class prior to obtaining their first hunting license.