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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: July 11, 2016

Notice of Continuation: December 5, 2012

Authorizing, and Implementing or Interpreted Law: 23-19-11

R657-23-1. Purpose and Authority.

Under authority of Section 23-19-11, this rule provides the process and requirements for:

(1) hunter education instructor and student training; and

(2) presenting and obtaining proof of having successfully completed an approved hunter education course.

R657-23-2. Definitions.

(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 23-13-2.

(2) In addition:

(a) "Approved hunter education course" means any hunter education course that qualifies a person to receive a resident hunting license in the state, province, or country in which the hunter education course is offered.

(b) "Authorized division representative" means a volunteer hunter education instructor who has been approved by the division to issue duplicate blue cards.

(c) "Blue Card" means the certificate of completion issued by the division for having passed a Utah hunter education course or an approved hunter education course.

(d) "Certificate of completion" means a card, certificate, or other document issued by the wildlife agency of a state, province, or country, and signed by a hunter education instructor, verifying successful completion of an approved hunter education course.

(e) "Hunter Education Registration Certificate" means a document purchased from the division that is valid for 365 days from date of purchase which is required to sign up for and graduate from the hunter education course. This document becomes a valid hunting license upon validation of course completion by a certified hunter education instructor.

(f) "Field day" means an instructor-lead practical exercise which may include instruction in and student demonstration in the safe use of firearms, hunter responsibility, a written exam, and a live fire exercise with a certified hunter education instructor as prescribed by the Utah Hunter Education Program administration.

(g) "Trainer" means a volunteer hunter education instructor or Division employee who has been certified by the division to train hunter education instructors.

(h) "Instructor" means a volunteer hunter education instructor or division employee who has been approved by the division to teach the hunter education program to students.

(i) "Online hunter education course" means a Division-approved hunter education course that is completed online prior to attending a field day.

(j) "Student" means a person who is registered in a hunter education course being taught by a certified hunter education instructor.

(k) "Instructor-lead hunter education course" means a hunter education course that meets the International Hunter Education Association – USA minimum standards for hunter education and that is lead by an instructor and includes, a written exam and a live fire exercise.

R657-23-3. Hunter Education Required.

(1)(a) To obtain a hunting license, any person born after December 31, 1965, must present proof of having passed a division approved hunter education course.

(b) A person may take a hunter education course offered by the division as provided in Subsection (2), or (3).

(2) Completion of a instructor-lead hunter education course requires students to:

(a) purchase a hunter education registration certificate from a Division authorized licensed vendor.

(b) attend the instructor-lead course;

(c) behave in a safe and responsible manner in class;

(d) obtain a passing score of at least 75% on a written exam; and

(e) participate in a live fire exercise demonstrating safe firearms handling.

(3) Completion of the online hunter education course requires students to:

(a) purchase a hunter education registration certificate from a Division authorized licensed vendor.

(b) pre-register for the field day by contacting the instructor by mail, e-mail or telephone;

(c ) successfully complete a division-approved online course and provide documentation of completion to the hunter education instructor prior to participating in a field day;

(d) behave in a safe and responsible manner while attending the field day;

(e) obtain a passing score of at least 75% on a written exam; and

(f) participate in a live fire exercise demonstrating safe firearms handling.

(4)(a) The division will issue a Blue Card to each individual who successfully completes the hunter education course.

(5) A member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty, reserve duty, or having veteran status, or a member of the Utah National Guard is exempt from the live fire exercise required in Subsections 2 and 3 above if they can provide their active or reserve status Military identification card or valid documentation of veteran status to the hunter education instructor prior to the live fire exercise.

(6) The division shall accept other states, provinces, and countries criteria and qualifications for their respective courses, which meet or exceed the International Hunter Education Association-USA hunter education standards.

R657-23-4. Documents Accepted as Proof of Completion of a Hunter Education Course.

(1) The division and division approved license agents shall accept proof of completion of an approved hunter education course from other states, provinces, and countries whole criteria and qualifications for their respective courses, meet or exceed the International Hunter Education Association-USA hunter education standards in accordance with Section 23-19-11.

(2)(a) Any person who has completed an approved hunter education course in another state, province, or country and becomes a Utah resident must obtain a transfer Blue Card prior to purchasing a resident hunting license.

(b) The person must present proof of completion of an approved hunter education course to a division office as required under Subsection (1).

(3)(a) If an applicant for a nonresident hunting license is not able to present a hunting license with the hunter education number noted on it or a certificate of completion as provided in Subsection (1), the division may contact another state, province, or country to verify the completion of a hunter education course so that a nonresident hunting license may be issued.

(4)(a) If an applicant for a resident or nonresident hunting license has completed a hunter education course in Utah but is not able to present a hunting license with the hunter education number noted on it, the division may research the division's hunter education records to verify that the applicant has completed the hunter education course.

(b) Upon issuance of the hunting license, the division shall indicate the applicant's hunter education number on the face of the hunting license.

(5)(a) If a Blue Card is lost or destroyed, a person may apply by mail or in person at a division office to obtain a duplicate Blue Card. The person must complete an affidavit and request a record's search.

(b) Upon verification of completion of the hunter education course, the division may issue the person a duplicate Blue Card.

(6) The division requires any person whose records cannot be found or who cannot be verified as having completed a hunter education course to take the complete course as required under Section R657-23-3.

(7) For the purpose of issuing a hunting license, the division may, upon request, provide verification to another state's wildlife agency that a resident or former resident of Utah has met the Utah hunter education requirements.

(8) The division may charge a fee for the services provided in Subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5).

R657-23-5. Hunter Education Instructor Training.

(1) A person must be 21 years of age or older to become a certified hunter education instructor.

(2) Completion of a hunter education instructor course requires a person to:

(a) Complete the Division's instructor training course.

(b) Pass a criminal background check assessing suitability to work with children under the age of 18 years and to serve as an instructor;

(c) Attend a training course conducted by a trainer;

(d) Obtain a passing score of at least 75% on a written exam; and

(e) Participate in a live fire exercise or a range safety training course.

(3) The division shall issue a hunter education instructor card to each individual who successfully completes the hunter education instructor course.

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