Hunter Education Program
Mississippi Hunting & Fishing
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. As of October 1, 2019, Mississippi residents age 16 and over can complete their hunter education requirement online. The internet course, Today’s Hunter in Mississippi, is video-narrated and interactive. The card from the online course can be presented as a digital or paper copy to license vendors to purchase a hunting license.
Residents and non-residents under 16 (ages 10-15) who choose to take the internet course will need to attend a three-hour classroom course before being certified. The internet course allows the student to complete part of the course from any computer with internet access, and upon completing a pre-certification exam, the student then goes to a pre-determined classroom setting to complete the final three hours. This allows the student time for interaction with the instructor and completion of final testing.
The last three hours of the Online Hunter Education Course are available at any of our regional offices or available as a part of most one day classes. Students must pre-register for the class at education.mdwfp.com/Web/Event/CountySelection. Students must bring proof of online certification completion. It can either be a digital copy or paper copy.
Course 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
Duplicate Hunter/Boater Education Card
If you have lost your hunter/boater education card, please go to www.mdwfp.com/eduaction-outreach/hunter-education to download a temporary card or to purchase a duplicate 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
*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.
Archery in Mississippi Schools
Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) is designed to introduce 4th-12th grade students to the sport of International-Style Target Archery and as an extracurricular team sport. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is a driving force behind AIMS. The program, which began in 2005 with 10 schools, now has more than 500 schools in over 50 counties with more than 70,000 students participating each year. You can learn more about participating in AIMS in your local community by going to www.mdwfp.com/aims or call (601) 674-0777 and (601) 325-0222.
Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Sports Program
The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Sports Program (MSSSP) is a team-based, youth-development program that uses the shotgun sports of 5-Stand, Skeet, and Sporting Clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence, and other life values. The program utilizes these disciplines to teach hunting skills through the safe use of hunting equipment, including firearms, and their relationship to hunting situations. For more information on participating in MSSSP, contact Jad Touchton (Jad.Touchton@wfp.ms.gov) or call (601) 859-5164.