My son finally completed the online portion of the Hunters Education! I have been trying to get this done for over a year, really wanting an actual classroom course, but school schedule, extracurricular, etc. and anything close to us would not work. Finally, I relented to get him enrolled in the online class when it came time to apply for spring javelina, hopeful he would draw a youth tag.
Unfortunately, he and I had a few "issues" where he expected Dad to do it for him (apple doesn't fall far from the maternal tree). He has never shown the interest in hunting that I hoped for, but in our talk last night, I told him that I would do everything I possibly could to help him, but I would not do his test for him and since he drew that tag, if he wanted to hunt this must be done. If he was not interested in hunting, I was not going to force him to do it, but if he was he needed to step up and do the hunter education. This morning he said he wanted to do it, so we got him back into the final exam and he got a 99%!
We are now scheduled to complete the field day in Sierra Vista on the 3rd. Was hoping to find something closer, but I knew these classes fill up super fast. I've been watching the schedule for months, trying to prod him to get it done so we could do something more convenient... naturally, convenience doesn't matter to an 11 yr old! He just wasn't committed to get it done when we could do something closer, so I will make the drive and get a room to get that course finalized.
Being new to AZ, I am hopeful to get him on a javelina. I didn't get it done last spring on my tag, where he was with me - we saw them, we smelled them, we found their sign... We just couldn't put it together in the end. Here's to hoping we get him his first harvest!