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Please note that our courses are taught by volunteer instructors who schedule most of their courses from late August through December. All class details are subject to change without notice based on availability of instructors and sufficient student participation. The classes listed below may not always be available. Not all of the printed locations may be used. The online schedule is the most accurate and will be updated immediately as soon as new courses are available and posted.

Traditional, Live Basic Hunter Education Courses

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

New hunters learn safety, ethics, firearm types, safe gun handling, marksmanship techniques, specialty hunting techniques, wildlife management, wildlife ID, survival etc. Delaware requires hunter ed certification via traditional live course or via internet course and field day for all hunters born after 01/01/1967. The courses are recognized in all states and Canadian provinces.

A signed release of liability and advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov are required for participation.

New! Online Option For Basic Hunter Education Courses

A new option is now available for students who prefer to complete a portion of their basic hunter education online via the internet. Students can now sign up at www.hunterexam.com or www.hunter-ed.com to complete a large part of the knowledge portion of their class. New hunters learn safety, ethics, firearm types, safe gun handling, hunting and marksmanship skills, specialty hunting techniques, wildlife management, wildlife ID, survival etc. The course and use of the web site is free but there is fee charged by the vendor for certification of successful completion. Students with certificates in hand must then register and attend a specially designed, “hands–on” field day training session for final Delaware certification. Field day training for online courses includes Delaware laws and regulations, loading ,unloading, safe handling and transporting of firearms; field skills involving blinds, boats and tree stands; zones of fire; obstacle crossing; operation of safeties and shotgun live firing.

A signed release of liability and advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov are required for participation.

Ibep Bowhunter Education

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Though not a Delaware requirement, this special course is required in many other states and provinces for bowhunters. Participants in this course learn bowhunting methods, game trailing and recovery, field experience, bowhunting safety, reading game signs, safe use of tree stands, calling, field dressing, and more. Youths under the age of 14 must attend with a responsible adult.

Live firing and a signed release of liability and advance online registration are required for participation at www.fw.delaware.gov.

Young Waterfowlers Program

Participation is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Always a favorite, these courses (approx 20 hours) provide youths between the ages of 12 – 16, exposure to the complete waterfowl experience. Everything from waterfowl ID, biology, blind construction and safety, decoy use, duck calling, camouflage technique, boating safety, bird recovery, laws and regulations, language and tradition, firearms, ammo and equipment will be covered. The course includes basic hunter education and finishes with an actual mentored waterfowl hunt. Participants must be hunter education qualified prior to hunting.

A signed release of liability and advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov are required for participation.

Successful Hunting With Muzzle Loading Rifle

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Hunting with a single shot muzzleloader is challenging. Well-honed hunting and superior marksmanship skills are needed in order to effectively harvest game with a single shot. Moving quickly beyond the basics, this course provides information on precision sighting, range and marksmanship technique, trajectory and ballistics. Stress will be on the latest trends in muzzleloader technology, updated safety information and explanation of new projectiles.

Note: This course offers a proficiency qualification segment recognized for certification in the Delaware Master Hunter program. Students wishing to participate in proficiency qualification ( 3 shot, 3.5” group at 50 yds) should bring their own pre-sighted muzzleloader rifle, sandbags, powder and bullets with them. Eye and hearing protection required. Shooting vices, cradles and clamping devices are not permitted.

A signed release of liability and advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov are required for participation.

Handgun Hunting For Deer

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Delaware’s newest, method specific deer season now allows hunting of whitetail deer with certain handguns. This course offers a hunting oriented re-visitation of all essential fundamentals of handgun shooting and sighting in, information on techniques, equipment and safety.

Note: This course offers a proficiency qualification segment recognized for certification in the Delaware Master Hunter program. Students wishing to participate in optional proficiency qualification (3 shot, 3” group at 25 yds) should bring their own pre-sighted, deer legal handgun, sandbag or rest, and ammunition with them. Eye and hearing protection required.

A signed release of liability and advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov are required for participation.

Precision Firearms For Large Game

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Delaware hunters often hunt large game not only within but also outside of our state boundaries. This course concentrates on the hunting use of precision, deer legal, scoped long guns and includes rifles, even though their use is only permitted outside of Delaware. Subjects covered will include, shooting fundamentals, equipment, optics, ammunition, transportation of firearms, internal, external and terminal ballistics, shot placement, missed shot analysis and safety considerations.

Note: This course includes a proficiency qualification segment recognized for certification in the Delaware Master Hunter program. Students participating in optional proficiency qualification should bring their own pre-zeroed, deer legal (.243 or larger) scoped shotgun, rifle or muzzleloader) sand bags, and ammunition with them. (Loads exceeding 3500 ft lbs of muzzle energy may not be used at Ommelanden.) Eye and hearing protection are required. Vices, cradles, clamps, shooting rests are not allowed.

A signed release of liability and advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov are required for participation.

Mandatory Turkey Education

Seating is limited. Confirm course dates. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

In addition to complying with other hunter education requirements, Delaware hunters must successfully complete a mandatory, one day turkey hunter education class before they can apply for a public land turkey hunting permit or legally hunt turkeys in Delaware.

Successful completion of the course Mandatory Turkey Education on your Hunter Education Card is required for hunting on private land. Delaware also accepts an online turkey course that can be found at www.wildturkeyhuntingcourse.com. Upon completion of the online course, contact the Hunter Education office at 302-735-3600. Public land hunters will still have to apply for the permit lottery by sending in the application form found in the Hunting & Trapping Guide. Successful applicants for public land hunts will be sent a permit for a 6 day hunt on a public area.

Delaware Master Hunter

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Not for Beginners.

You are already an experienced hunter. You love hunting; you read about it and think about it all year long. You are dedicated to the principles of ethical, responsible, fair chase hunting. You’ve learned a lot over the years but you are always ready to learn more. You want to keep yourself up to date with the latest hunting developments, trends, tactics, skills and regulations. you realize that there is a lot more to learn about wildlife, wildlife management and the role of hunting in our modern society. You know that hunting is a controversial issue and you want to keep up to date on what’s happening in Delaware. You’d like to benefit from the opportunity to learn from your peers and share some of the things you’ve learned the hard way. As a lifelong advocate and ambassador for hunting you want to help continue the heritage of hunting and ensure its future for the coming generations. You’d value the personal satisfaction of being a Delaware Master Hunter, officially qualified, certified and recognized by the State of Delaware.

If the above description sounds like you, you may be a candidate for the Delaware Master Hunter Program. Download an application and check the online schedule for dates at www.fw.delaware.gov or call 302-735-3600 and ask for an application by mail for this unique, one-of-a-kind program. The Delaware Hunter Education Office of the Division of Fish and Wildlife will be glad to mail you an application form and an information sheet with details about the next course.

Mandatory Trapper Education

Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov is required for all courses or call (302) 735-3600.

Trapper education is a mandatory prerequisite for purchasing a Delaware trapping license for all persons born after January 1, 1978. Class and Field work sessions include trapping history, heritage and ethics, furbearing animals of Delaware, trapping equipment, boating safety, hypothermia, practical water sets, hands-on instruction, how tides affect sets, proper skinning techniques, fur handling and how to market furs.

For more information contact:

Delaware Office of Hunter Education

6180 Hay Point Landing Road

Smyrna, DE 19977

(302) 735-3600

www.fw.delaware.gov

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