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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/huntered 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 on or after 01/01/1967. The courses are recognized in all states and Canadian provinces.

Sign up for traditional basic hunter education course given live at one of the classroom locations throughout the state. Delaware law now requires all basic hunter education course participants to participate in a live firing experience with a trained instructor. Live firing of shotguns requires a liability release signed by students 18 or older or a notarized signature of parents/guardians of students under the age of 18. All students must have protective shooting glasses and hearing protection. Adult and youth firearms, targets and ammunition will be provided. All live courses are free of charge with most held in the late summer and fall. Classes are available all year at Ommelanden Hunter/Trapper Education Center on Route 9 near New Castle. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, go to the Hunter Education Online Access at www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered or call (302) 735-3600.

Online Option For Basic Hunter Education Courses

Complete your hunter education coursework online with one of three private vendors. All three courses allow you to study and take the exam for free, with a fee due only when you are ready to have the vendor certify your successful completion. The State of Delaware has reviewed and approved these interactive courses but receives no portion of the vendor’s fee. New hunters learn safety, ethics, firearm types, safe gun handling, hunting and marksmanship skills, specialty hunting techniques, wildlife management, wildlife ID, survival, etc. 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.

Live firing of shotguns requires a liability release signed by students 18 or older or a notarized signature of parents/guardians of students under the age of 18. All students must have protective shooting glasses and hearing protection. Adult and youth firearms, targets and ammunition will be provided. For more information Delaware approved Internet courses visit www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered or call (302) 735-3600.

Ibep Bowhunter Education

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered 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/huntered 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.

Mandatory Turkey Education

Seating is limited. Confirm course dates. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered 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.

Online Turkey Course Option

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.

Mandatory Trapper Education

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered 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 on or 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.

Online Option for Trapper Course:

Delaware also accepts an online trapper course that can be found at www.trappered.com (Kansas Furbearer Course). Upon completion of the online course, contact the Hunter Education Office at (302) 735-3600.

For more information about additional classes or the Hunter Education Program, visit our website at www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered

Or contact:

The Hunter Education Office

6180 Hay Point Landing Road

Smyrna, DE 19977

(302) 735-3600.

Delaware Master Hunter

Seating is limited. Advance online registration at www.fw.delaware.gov/huntered 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/huntered 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.