Even though it is not required in texas i think that a Field course in addition to the regular hunting safety course is a good idea. Exposing new hunters to potentially bad situations in a controlled environment think would reduce the chances of bad situations getting worse in the field.
Mine had a game warden station, belligerent hunter, bad shots, etc..
What do yall think?
@lana- you are right in that it would be a huge headache I was just lucky in that mine was at a local gun club.
@lana and Staap it. I see both of your points about the places necessary to hold such a course. How about a video at least showing each of these that way minimal resources are consumed and the video can be played over and over? I also understand each state has different regulations so 50 different videos will have to be made but that is a lot less resource consuming than a full field day course.
Lana has a very good point. I used to be one who ran the classes for Hunter Safety Course Instructors in our state. Making it difficult for new hunters to comply with and receive a first time hunting license is not what anyone wanted to do.
I ABSOLUTELY agree, the courses are lacking in many areas. But, think how many hunting trips it took you as a new hunter to learn all you needed. A week long, month long course would simply be a detriment to most new hunters. Though I wish we could start them out at that level.
Unfortunately, we have to stick only to basics. Safe gun handling practices, how to hunt with others while afield, and the states certainly like their regulations of course. Much time has to be spent on these areas alone.
This IS very important stuff, especially with so many kids not being able to learn from hunting with Dad as we did. I think it is important, and we should as sportsmen be willing to and spend some time helping new hunters learn. This is our heritage, this is certainly one thing I would like to pass along to others growing up. I sir, am simply not wise enough to be able to explain how we could do it. This would be well worth some thought.
Additional : Yes, sir, I think that would be a great idea. At one time the NRA had some VHS tapes I had used in conjunction with some courses. They had one that was amazing to go with the Eddie Eagle Course for kids. It would be very simple to format the scenarios depicted, as teaching tools. And with DVD could even be interactive to provide choices of the next lessons direction. Kind of a go, no go, thing. Answer this way would take you into this direction, and if answered differently takes you to this demonstration. Making it possible to use the lessons repeatably in leisure time I believe these would get allot of review. Much like these modern video games. Make it interactive, and I believe that would cause some additional viewing just to experiment with the way the DVD works. To design it would simply be as a tree format or an outline. Following this branch takes you to the next part of the course. That sir would be a very good idea you have.