Brett French reports: Hunter education changes afoot
By angelamontana

Posted: April 22, 2021

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is making its online-only hunter education classes permanent. The classes were started last year out of concern about social contact. That means students 12 years old and older can take an online class with no field day. Prior to the pandemic, those classes were restricted to students 18 and older and a field day was still required. The changes are being made because there was a huge uptick in students last year because it was easier for them to attend. This is part of the department’s push under new Director Hank Worsech for FWP to offer better customer service. Some volunteer instructors are concerned about no longer requiring a field day. To learn more, check out my story at

(written by Brett French – Outdoor Editor for Billings Gazette/Montana Untamed)