DAR File No. 42147
This rule was published in the October 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 20) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources
Utah Hunter Education Program
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 42147
Filed: 09/21/2017 10:16:44 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is being amended to: 1) clarify the process in rule for verifying hunter education and furharvester education course completions; and 2) add definitions for Division approved furharvester education courses and Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) approved hunter education courses.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule is being amended to clarify the process for verifying approved education courses for both hunter education and furharvester education programs in rule. The process has already been in practice.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 23-19-12
- Section 23-19-11
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This rule is being amended to better align the rule with the current process of verifying hunter education and furharvester education courses. DWR has determined that this amendment does not create a cost or savings impact to the state budget or DWR's budget and can be implemented with the current budget and personnel.
None--This filing does not create any direct cost or savings impact to local governments because they are not directly affected by the rule. Nor are local governments indirectly impacted because the rule does not create a situation requiring services from local governments.
This rule is aligning DWR's current practice with rule on the verifying of hunter education and furharvester education courses. Therefore, this amendment does not impose any additional requirements on small businesses nor create a cost or savings impact to small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This rule is aligning the division�s current practice with rule on the verifying of hunter education and furharvester education courses. Therefore, this amendment does not impose any additional requirements on other persons, nor generate a cost or savings impact to other persons.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
This rule is aligning DWR's current practice with rule on the verifying of hunter education and furharvester education courses. Therefore, DWR determines that there are not any additional compliance costs associated with this amendment.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule will not result in a fiscal impact to businesses.
Michael R. Styler, Executive Director
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1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
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Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Mike Fowlks, Deputy Director
R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.
R657-23. Utah Hunter Education [
R657-23-1. Purpose and Authority.
Under authority of [
provides the [ process] and [ requirements] for:
1) hunter education instructor and student training;
and (2) presenting and obtaining proof of having successfully
] an approved hunter education course
(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 23-13-2.
(2) In addition:
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.]
) "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
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
(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
instructor as prescribed by
the Utah Hunter Education Program
(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
) "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-[
(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
(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;
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;
f]) participate in a live fire exercise demonstrating safe
)(a]) The division will issue a Blue Card to each
individual who successfully completes [ the] hunter education course.
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
meet or exceed the International Hunter Education Association-USA hunter education standards
Documents Accepted as Proof of]
Completion of [ a]
Hunter Education Course.
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.]
(a) Any person who has completed an ]
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.
KEY: wildlife, game laws, hunter education
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
July 11, 2016]
Notice of Continuation: December 5, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-19-11
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