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Outdoor Ethics Course
Changing an adult’s ethical values is a difficult, but not impossible task. It has been proven that group communication produces positive results. Those who do change or even begin to think about their actions will find that making the decision to do right as opposed to wrong will become easier. Children, especially middle school age, are much more receptive to ethical training. The reason for that is that young adults at that age are in the process of forming their own individual standards of ethics.
The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers two courses regarding ethical training.
The goal of the first course is for students to understand the value and need for ethical behavior when recreating in the outdoors.This course focuses on student participation rather than instructor lecturing. Role-playing, a before and after self-evaluation, small and large group discussions, and thought sharing allows students to be involved. The course is two to three hours long and is currently used for all of our hunter, trapper, archery and recreational vehicle education programs. The course can be made available to any group such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H. There is no charge for this course.
To register for the outdoor ethics course, contact Brenda Chaplin in the Safety Office or call (207) 287-5220.
For those interested, a copy of "Fair Chase" may be supplied for anyone registered in the first course.
The second course is used to meet a legal requirement for those who receive a mandatory revocation of a hunting, fishing, trapping or guiding license. The goal of the course is to show those attending the impact of their actions and for them to accept responsibility of their previous conduct.
Anyone who received a mandatory license revocation after June 10, 1997 must successfully complete the 8-hour course before the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife can reissue the revoked license. Completion of this course with a passing grade does not reduce the length of the license revocation. The course fee is $100.00 and must be paid in advance.
Anyone who has received a mandatory license revocation notice will get a letter advising them of the law requiring them to successfully complete the 8-hour Outdoor Ethics Course.
The 8-hour course is similar to the 2-hour course. There are three or four facilitators to help the different groups with their discussions. During the day, three guest speakers, a biologist, a landowner representative and a game warden, speak to the group. All three will present examples of how practicing ethical behavior has a positive impact on our natural resources.
At the end of the day a written test is given. Anyone needing help with this test is assisted by one of the facilitators.
Registering for the 8-hour course is easy. The Sport Hunter Program mails an information packet to everyone who has received a mandatory license revocation. This packet contains a course outline, a letter describing how to register, a registration form and a book entitled "Fair Chase". We strongly encourage people to read "Fair Chase" before attending the course because there are questions on the written test that come from this book.
When a person decides that he or she is ready to take the course, they need to fill out the registration form and return it with the $100.00 payment. When a course is scheduled, a packet is sent to those who need to take a class. The packet includes a notice telling where and when the course is going to be held, a map of the course location, and a reservation form. Reservation forms must be completed and returned to the Sport Hunter Program by the course deadline return date.
If a registration form and payment have been sent in and a person is unable to attend a scheduled course or courses because of a conflict with work or other commitment, do not worry. That person’s name is kept on a list and they will continue to receive course notices until they are able to attend.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is committed to helping those who need to meet this legal requirement. Help us help you by registering as quickly as possible for one of these courses. The sooner we can schedule you for your course, the sooner you will be on your way to regaining your license and meeting the legislative mandate.
Treating the natural resources in an ethical manner is the only way to go.
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