Hunter Education Internet + Field Course - 10/2/2021

Date:  October 2, 2021

Time:  12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM

Location:   Copperhead Creek Shooting Club

7030 E FM 1431

Marble Falls, TX 78654

Phone: (830) 265-4956


Instructor:  Maurice Dowdy


The field and shooting exercise  at this location will include live fire with a selection of hunting guns including .22 rimfire rifles and 20 gauge shotgun. Thus, there are additional fees to cover range use, liability coverage, and facilities fees of $10 per student. Add the Texas Parks & Wildlife course fee and the total is $25 per student. At the time of the field portion of the course, we will complete registration.  You may pay in cash or be prepared to write a check.  The instructor cannot process credit cards.

The Copperhead Creek Shooting Club is located on and is part of the Hidden Falls Adventure Park. All class participants will need to check in at the main gate of the park in order to be issued a guest placard for their vehicle prior to proceeding to the gun club.

For more information on  the Copperhead Creek Shooting Club at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park refer to website:

All class participants will need to check in and sign a release of liability for the range and complete class registration at the gun club clubhouse building where the classroom portion of the class will be held.


About the Course

The Internet + Field Course is ideal for those under 17 years of age and adults wanting a more hands-on field and live-fire experience during the basic course. We recommend younger students be accompanied by an adult during the field course. The certification process consists of two parts:

ONLINE COURSE:  Complete the FREE TPWD or NRA online course option.

FIELD COURSE:  Attend a course with a TPWD certified instructor. The fee for the Field Course is $15.00. Some instructors may charge additional fees associated with a shooting range or other facility.

ONLINE COURSE:  FREE online courses include TPWD and NRA. For TPWD, please print out the results of the FINAL QUIZ. For NRA, please print off the Field Course Voucher. Both allow you entry to an approved Field Course. Be sure to register for a known field course near you prior to taking the online course.  NOTE: If you search and find an online course, you may get information about PAY-FOR courses which apply only to those 17 years of age or older.

FIELD COURSE: A Field Course is typically completed in about 4 hours (min.) with the classroom portion of the course covering the Core of Hunter Education followed by the written exam. The remainder of the field course consists of the  skills course and live-fire exercises. You must pre-register for this course, preferably before you complete the free online course.


ARRIVAL: When you arrive at the Field Course:

Pay the $15 fee to the instructor. Some instructors may charge additional fees for a shooting range or other facility.

Demonstrate good knowledge, skills and attitude.

Take the written exam and score at least 75% to pass.

More questions? Check the TPWD Hunter Education FAQ page.


This class offering includes live fire and is best for students with limited experience with firearms that would benefit from live fire experience with multiple guns including shotguns and rifles.

Since this class includes a live fire exercise, all participants will need to sign a gun club release of liability in order to participate.





  Classroom Course Syllabus :   (12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM)


-  Weapons / Firearms Fundamentals for Hunters

-  Safety in the Outdoors

-  Hunting Laws

-  Hunter Ethics

-  Summary / Recap -- "Shoot - Don't Shoot"



 -  SAFETY,  safe hunting 


 -  Basics for  hunting

 -  ETHICS  -  basic issues in sportsmanship for  hunting




-  Live Fire 

   o  .22 LR rifles on steel swinger targets or stationay clay birds at a short but safe range

   o  20 gauge shotgun with birdshot on clay bird targets (optional)

  Students must be large enough to fire a rifle or shotgun offhand. As per range rules, students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present during live fire.



Key points for this class:

A) Please bring pen and notepad for taking notes.

B) Please bring a set of ear and eye protection for Live Fire

C) Dress appropriately for the outside weather: hats, coats,  and / or sunscreen.

D) Likewise bring water / drinks during class.

E) Registration for the class is done on-line

     Check-in / payments are made at the beginning of the field course portion of the class.


G) If a student is under 9 years old, they must be accompanied at the class. Parents are welcome to attend and monitor/audit the class for free.

H) Only those requesting a certificate of completion will be charged the $15 TPWCD fee for the class. All those who participate in the Live Fire portion of the class will need to pay the $10 range fee.

I) All will need to sign a release of liability.

J) Minor students must have a parent or guardian with them at the beginning of the course to sign their release.  

Note:   If you are concerned about your child absorbing the material or their test taking,  I recommend using  the On-line course as a pre-study / homework.  Then take the Basic classroom version to repeat / reinforce the material and add learning / comprehension.

I truly want everyone of my students to do well, pass the test, and learn to be a safe hunter.

I've had good success.



We plan to have live fire exercises.

Firearms and ammo will be provided by the instructor for the live fire exercise.

The Live Fire is not a test of marksmanship or a requirement for the Basic course as knowledge of safe firearm handling techniques is the course requirement. Shooting is not required to pass the course.

The Live Fire exercise is intended to be fun and expose the shooter to multiple types of shooting including:  22 rimfire for plinking and small game and  20 gauge shotgun for field hunting.  Live fire starts with 22 long rifle rimfire.  This is very low / almost nil recoil.  Shooting  will be conducted at one of the club's gun ranges. Thus, it's lots of fun and a safe environment.  Shooting is an option that the student shooter makes.  Parents are encouraged to support whatever decision a youth hunter makes and to be an observer during live fire.

Participants not demonstrating competent gun handling will have restricted live fire opportunities.

Minors under 9 years of age will not shoot in the live fire exercise.

Shooters must be large enough to fire a rifle or shotgun offhand. As per range rules,  students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present during live fire.

If the student demonstrates safe gun handling techniques and can put rounds on target, they may get the option for  additional shooting / weapons / calibers.

While on the range, the Range Master / Range Safety Officer has complete authority over shooting to promote & improve range safety.   All activities on the range are subject to the Range Master approval.