Senator Woodward, bill co-prime sponsor, introduced HB22-1168. The bill allows a local education provider (LEP) to offer a hunter education course as an elective to seventh grade students, as long as the LEP:
- enters into an agreement with an individual or entity to provide the course at no cost to the LEP or to the enrolled students; and
- receives gifts, grants, or private donations in an amount sufficient enough to pay any costs that arise from providing the course.
A hunter education course must satisfy the same requirements as courses certified by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in the Department of Natural Resources, and must be conducted by a CPW-certified instructor. The course need not include hands-on activities, but if hands-on activities are offered, students must receive parental permission to participate. The CPW may accept completion of a hunter education course at an LEP toward meeting the requirement to obtain a certificate of hunter education.