Hunter Education Program

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Hunter Education works

Since 1950 when formal hunter safety programs were introduced, the number of hunting and firearms-related accidents has declined dramatically. In Mississippi, we know that our hunter education efforts have reduced firearms accidents and saved lives. MDWFP offers the hunter education classes at numerous locations across the state, and the course includes ten (10) hours of instruction. Students must be at least 10 years old, must attend all course hours, and score 70 or greater on the written exam.

Hunter Education Courses are typically held in each county during the late summer, fall, and winter months. Courses are taught by MDWFP staff or by certified volunteer instructors. Pre-registration for all Hunter Education Classes is required. To locate and register for a class, visit our website at education.mdwfp.com. Either select a county of your choice or click on the desired county located on the map. All Hunter Education Classes available in the selected county will be displayed. You may select the class of your choice and pre-register.

Hunter Education Courses are also offered online. However, the online course is not intended to replace the traditional classroom course, but is designed to work within the established course curriculum and allow the Hunter Education Certification to be obtained throughout the year. Upon completing the online exam, the student then must complete the final three hours within a classroom setting. This allows the student time to interact with the instructor, and complete final testing. The final three hour classroom portion of the online Hunter Education Course is available at any of the regional offices each week or at pre-determined times during a regular Hunter Education Course held in each county. The final three hour classroom portion of the online courses taught at the regional offices are listed on our website at education.mdwfp.com. Click on the county where the regional office is located to pre-register.

The Hunter Education program is designed to:

  • teach hunter ethics and responsibility
  • reduce hunting accidents
  • promote wildlife conservation
  • teach firearm safety
  • recruit new huntersCourse contents include:
  • hunter ethics and responsibility
  • history of firearms
  • types of firearms
  • types of ammunition
  • safe gun handling
  • fundamentals of marksmanship
  • bowhunting skills
  • wildlife identification
  • principles of wildlife management
  • basic survival skills
  • water safety
  • dangers of hypothermia
  • first aid fundamentals
  • tree stand safety guidelines


    If you have lost your hunter/boater education card, please go to www.mdwfp.com/eduaction-outreach/hunter-education to purchase a new, duplicate card and download a temporary card for a $3.00 fee.

All Hunter Education classes require online pre-registration.

To locate and register for a class, visit our website at education.mdwfp.com and select a county.

For more information about a hunter education class, or to replace a hunter education card, contact:

MDWFP, Hunter Education Division

1505 Eastover Drive

Jackson, MS 39211-6374

1-800-354-5033 or call your

Regional Office*

*See the region map on Wildlife Management Areas for the phone number of the regional office nearest you.

MDWFP offers the Hunter Education course online.
Visit www.mdwfp.com for more information.


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