During that time there have been few changes to the curriculum of the Kansas Hunter Education Program. It still focuses on creating a safe, responsible, educated and ethical hunter and gives any student all the information they need to enjoy hunting and the outdoor world.
To date, the Kansas Hunter Education Program has certified nearly 536,000 students since the
There have been several changes related to the Kansas Hunter Education Program and the first one happened about a decade ago. It allowed any youngster to go hunting, provided they were supervised by an adult, without having to complete the course. And the minimum age to become certified as a student was 11 years old.
However, since they turn 16 years old today, they had to take the Kansas Hunter Education Course and they did this past weekend. I chose the Internet-assisted course where they studied and tested online and then participated in a field day followed by the final test to complete the rest of the course and receive their certification. The Internet option is also relatively new (rather than the standard 10 hours of classroom instruction) and a great way for busy families to complete the course.
When we got home I gave each son a Kansas lifetime hunting license I'd purchased in 2005 (before they increased in price from $300 to $440) as an early birthday present for their 16th birthday. They were thrilled and proud as they stowed this and their Kansas Hunter Education card in their wallets.
Who knows, maybe they'll hold on to theirs for the next four decades and be able to tell their own kids, my grandkids, about the Kansas Hunter Education Program and its success. Regardless, I'm proud to know they'll get to enjoy the great outdoors. Here's hoping they enjoy it even half as much as I have since I was their age.