Credits: 0.5
Term: Spring 2018
Prerequisites:

None





Course Description:

Ready to get outdoors with the Outdoor Education Course? Focusing on activities like hunting and
paddle sports, the Outdoor Education Course takes physical education to the next level, preparing you
for a lifetime of safe and fun enjoyment of the great outdoors.
Using videos, graphics, animations, and interactive learning exercises, the Outdoor Education Course will
teach you important skills for staying safe while participating in outdoor activities. Students will learn
proper procedures for safely experiencing wildlife and participating in outdoor sports, as well as be
introduced to concepts like habitat preservation, conservation, survival skills and environmental
stewardship.
What’s more? By meeting all of the requirements of the course, you will have also earned most of the
qualifications necessary to obtain your Vermont Hunter Education Certification.



Topics & Concepts:

Module 1 Hunter Safety Education Course

Chapter 1: Know Your Rifles and Shotguns
1. Rifle and Shotgun Parts
2. Bolt Action
3. Safe Firearm Handling – Bolt Action
4. Lever Action
5. Safe Firearm Handling – Lever Action
6. Pump or Slide Action
7. Safe Firearm Handling – Pump Action
8. Semi-Automatic Action
9. Safe Firearm Handling – Semi-Automatic Action
10. Break or Hinge Action
11. Safe Firearm Handling – Break or Hinge Action
12. Chapter Summary

Chapter 2: Know Your Handguns
1. Know your Handguns
2. Parts of a Handgun
3. Double Action Revolver
4. Double Action Revolver – Video
5. Single Action Revolver
6. Single Action Revolver – Video
7. Break or Hinge Action Pistol
8. Hinge Action Pistol – Video
9. Semi–Automatic Pistol
10. Semi-Automatic Pistol – Video
11. Chapter Summary

Chapter 3: Know Your Ammunition
1. Centerfire and Rimfire Cartridges for Rifles and Handguns
2. How a Centerfire Cartridge is Fired
3. Rimfire a Cartridge Animation
4. Centerfire Cartridge Animation
5. Always Match the Data Stamp First
6. Caliber Animation
7. Understanding Distance
8. Centerfire Ammunition for Shotgun
9. How a Shotgun Shell is Fired
10. How a Shotgun Shell is Fired – Animation
11. Always Match the Data Stamp First
12. Choose the Shell
13. Understanding Gauges
14. Gauges
15. Shot Size
16. Understanding Chokes
17. Types of Chokes
18. Shot String Animation
19. Slugs
20. Interactive Shotgun Range
21. Chapter Summary

Chapter 4: Firearm Safety & Maintenance
1. Firearm Safety and Maintenance
2. Causes of Firearm Incidents
3. Safeties
4. Safeties
5. The 10 Rules of Firearm Safety
6. The 10 Rules of Firearm Safety
7. Safe Firearm Handling in the Field
8. Safe Firearm Handling in the Field
9. Zones of Fire
10. Misfires, Hangfires, and Squib Loads
11. Cleaning a Firearm
12. Materials Needed to Clean a Firearm
13. Six Easy Steps to Cleaning a Firearm
14. Alternative Ways to Clean a Firearm
15. Storing a Firearm
16. Chapter Summary

Chapter 5: Know Your Muzzleloading Firearm
1. Know your Muzzleloading Firearm
2. Inline Percussion Muzzleloader
3. Inline Percussion Muzzleloader Animation
4. Percussion or Caplock Muzzleloader
5. Caplock Muzzleloader Animation
6. Flintlock Muzzleloader
7. Flintlock Muzzleloader Animation
8. Propellant
9. Muzzleloading Primers
10. Bullets
11. Cleaning and Maintenance Tools
12. Loading and Firing a Muzzloading Firearm
13. Ten Easy Steps to Loading Inline Percussion Muzzleloader
14. Loading and Firing an Inline Muzzleloader
15. Loading and Firing a Flintlock Muzzleloader
16. Chapter Summary

Chapter 6: Know Your Archery Gear
1. Know your Archery Gear
2. Compound Bow
3. Recurve bow
4. Long bow
5. Parts of a Bow
6. Parts of a Bow String
7. Releases and Arm Guards
8. Parts of an Arrow
9. Covered Quiver
10. Arrow Points
11. Selecting a Bow and Arrows
12. Shooting a Bow and Arrow
13. Crossbows
14. Interactive Archery Range
15. Chapter Summary

Chapter 7: Hunting Safety
1. Hunting Safety
2. What to Wear in a Hunting Area
3. Crossing a Fence
4. Crossing a Fence Videos
5. Crossing a Creek Video
6. Safety Rules for Hunting with Dogs
7. Safety Rules for Hunting with Dogs
8. Watercraft Safety
9. Watercraft Safety Rules
10. Watercraft Safety Videos
11. Watercraft Safety Rules
12. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
13. Coldwater Immersion
14. Surviving Coldwater
15. All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety
16. Safe Turkey Hunting
17. Safe Turkey Hunting Video
18. Chapter Summary

Chapter 8: Shooting Skills & Marksmanship
1. Shooting Skills and Marksmanship
2. Dominant Eye
3. Sights
4. Sight Picture
5. Sight Alignment of a Rifle
6. Bullet Trajectory
7. Open and Telescopic Sight Adjustments
8. Shooting a Rifle
9. Shooting Positions
10. Interactive Rifle Range
11. Sight Alignment of a Shotgun
12. Sight Alignment of a Shotgun Animation
13. Shotgun Stance
14. Targeting and Patterning with a Shotgun
15. Lead and the Shotgun
16. Swing-Through Shooting Method
17. Sustained Lead Shooting Method
18. Chapter Summary

Chapter 9: Hunting Techniques & Game Care
1. Hunting Techniques and Game Care
2. Stalking
3. Ground Blinds
4. Deer Drives
5. Shot Placement
6. Shot Placement Animation
7. Game Care
8. Field Dressing
9. Field Dressing
10. Chapter Summary

Chapter 10: Treestand Safety & Introduction to Trapping
1. Treestand Safety & Introduction to Trapping
2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Treestan
3. Using a Fall Arrest System/Full Body Harness
4. Tether (Safety) Strap for Tree
5. Homemade or Permanent Treestand
6. Fixed or Hang-on Treestand
7. Self-Climbing Stand
8. Ladder Stand
9. Tower Stand
10. Using a Haul Line
11. Treestand Falls
12. Introduction to Trapping
13. Trapping Equipment
14. Live Catch Foothold Traps
15. Live Traps
16. Conibear/Bodygrip Trap
17. Box Traps
18. Snares
19. Trapping Safety
20. Chapter Summary

Chapter 11: Survival and First Aid
1. Survival and First Aid
2. Preventive Survival
3. Preventive Survival
4. Extractive Survival
5. The Big Three of Survival
6. Fire
7. Signal
8. Other Survival Needs
9. Orienteering Using a Compass
10. Calculating the Bearing to an Object
11. Topographic Maps
12. Basic First Aid
13. Shock and Snake Bites
14. Bleeding Wounds, Fractures and Heart Attack
15. Heat Exhaustion, Stings and Insect Bites
16. Hypothermia
17. Chapter Summary

Chapter 12: Wildlife Management and Hunting Ethics
1. Wildlife Management and Hunting Ethics
2. Habitat
3. Carrying Capacity
4. Wildlife Management Practices
5. Wildlife Management Practices
6. Nature’s Hunters
7. What Can Hunters Do to Help?
8. Wildlife Conservation and Hunting Laws
9. Conservation Efforts
10. Being an Ethical Hunter
11. The Four R’s of Ethical Hunters
12. The Four R’s of Ethical Hunters
13. Signs Are Not Targets
14. Chapter Summary

Chapter 13: Virtual Field Day – Hunt Day 1
1. Welcome to your Virtual Field Day
2. Muzzle Control
3. Muzzle Control Knowledge Check
4. Muzzle Control Review
5. Field Carries
6. Field Carries Knowledge Check
7. Field Carries Review
8. Tailgate Safety
9. Tailgate Safety Knowledge Check
10. Tailgate Safety Review
11. Tailgate Safety Knowledge Check II
12. Tailgate Safety Review II
13. Exiting a Vehicle
14. Exiting a Vehicle Knowledge Check
15. Exiting a Vehicle Review
16. Pheasant Hunt
17. Pheasant Hunt Knowledge Check
18. Pheasant Hunt Review

Chapter 14: Virtual Field Day – Hunt Day 2
1. Exiting a Vehicle
2. Exiting a Vehicle Knowledge Check
3. Exiting a Vehicle Review
4. Exiting a Vehicle Knowledge Check II
5. Exiting a Vehicle Review II
6. Field Carries
7. Field Carries Knowledge Check
8. Field Carries Review
9. Field Carries Knowledge Check II
10. Field Carries Review II
11. Firearms Transportation
12. Firearms Transportation Knowledge Check
13. Firearms Transportation Review
14. Zones of Fire
15. Zones of Fire Knowledge Check
16. Zones of Fire Review
17. Target and Beyond
18. Target and Beyond Knowledge Check
19. Target and Beyond Review
20. Trigger Guard
21. Trigger Guard Knowledge Check
22. Trigger Guard Review
23. Ground Blinds
24. Ground Blinds Knowledge Check
25. Ground Blinds Review

Chapter 15: Virtual Field Day – Hunt Day 3
1. Trigger Finger
2. Trigger Finger Knowledge Check
3. Trigger Finger Review
4. Safeties
5. Safeties Knowledge Check
6. Safeties Review
7. Firearm Safety
8. Firearm Safety Knowledge Check
9. Firearm Safety Review
10. Terrain
11. Terrain Knowledge Check
12. Terrain Review
13. Terrain Knowledge Check II
14. Terrain Review II
15. Safe Zones of Fire
16. Safe Zones of Fire Knowledge Check
17. Safe Zones of Fire Review
18. Entering a Vehicle
19. Entering a Vehicle Knowledge Check
20. Entering a Vehicle Review

Chapter 16: Virtual Field Day – Hunt Day 4
1. Treestand Safety Awareness
2. Treestand Safety Awareness Knowledge Check
3. Treestand Safety Awareness Review
4. Treestand Safety Awareness Review II
5. Treestand Safety Safe Ascent
6. Safe Ascent Knowledge Check
7. Safe Ascent Review
8. Treestand Safety Safe Descent
9. Safe Descent Knowledge Check
10. Safe Descent Review
11. Treestand Safety Hunting Incident
12. Hunting Incident Knowledge Check
13. Hunting Incident Review
Module 2 Paddle Sports Safety Course

Chapter 1: The Boat
1. Introduction
2. Types of Paddlecraft
3. Terminology
4. Boat Capacities
5. Overloading and Uneven Loads
6. Boat Registration
7. Hull Identification Number (HIN)
8. Paddle Smart Safety Sticker

Chapter 2: Boating Equipment
1. Personal Flotation Devices
2. Types of PFDs
3. PFD Sizing and Availability
4. Proper Care for PFDs
5. Navigational Light Requirements
6. Sound Signaling Equipment
7. Visual Distress Signals

Chapter 3: Trip Planning & Preparation
1. Check Local Forecast
2. Preparing for a Storm
3. Checking Local Hazards
4. Filing a Float Plan
5. Preventative Maintenance
6. Transporting a Canoe or Kayak
7. Using a Trailer
8. Pre-Departure Checklist
9. Hand Signals

Chapter 4: Marine Environment
1. Environmental Laws and Regulations

Chapter 5: Safe Boat Operation
1. Safe Boat Operation
2. Influence of Drugs and Alcohol
3. Navigation Rules
4. Homeland Security Measures
5. Aids to Navigation
6. The Uniform State Waterways Marking System
7. The Uniform State Waterways Marking System, Continued
8. Boarding, Exiting and Securing a Boat
9. Boarding, Exiting and Securing a Boat
10. Boarding and Exiting a Kayak
11. Securing the Boat
12. Paddling Techniques

Chapter 6: Emergency Preparedness
1. Rendering Assistance
2. Rescue Techniques
3. Capsizing and Falls Overboard
4. Surviving a Capsizing/Fall Overboard
5. Preventing a Capsizing/Fall Overboard
6. Cold Water Immersion
7. Stages and Effects
8. Long Term Immersion
9. Preventing Cold Water Immersion
10. Hypothermia
11. Hypothermia Symptoms and Treatment
12. Severe Hypothermia
13. Heat-Related Illness
14. Dehydration
15. Water Intoxication
16. Accident Reports
17. Accident Report Form

Chapter 7: Other Water Activities
1. Hunting & Fishing



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