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Hunter Education in New Hampshire


Successful completion of a Hunter Education class and field exam is required for NH hunters age 16 and older who haven’t previously held a hunting license. In a Hunter Education course, you’ll learn about firearms safety and handling, outdoor safety and survival skills, NH hunting laws, your responsibilities as a hunter and more. Hunter Education has cultivated generations of safe, responsible and ethical hunters, resulting in the dramatic reduction of hunting-related firearms incidents in New Hampshire.

Today, it’s easier than ever to find, register for and participate in a hunter or bowhunter education course that’s convenient for you. Review course offerings and register online anytime at Another option is the online Hunter Education course, which completes your training with a field day and practical field exam. To sign up for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education or Trapper Education, check for a class schedule and locations, or call (603) 271-3212.

Help Teach Hunter Ed!

If you’re an experienced hunter, consider joining the ranks of more than 500 outdoor enthusiasts who are certified instructors for NH’s Hunter Education program. Hunting knowledge is helpful, of course, but just as important are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie of fellow instructors, an annual banquet, special deals from sporting goods manufacturers, and the satisfaction of helping Fish and Game bring the hunting tradition to a new generation. Training is provided through an instructor certification course that encourages effective educational techniques in a team-teaching environment. Visit and search “hunter ed instructor” for more information and training opportunities, or call (603) 271-3212.

Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

Owl-Brook---Autumn_opt.pngNew Hampshire Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, NH, offers a diversity of hands-on educational experiences, including shooting sports, orienteering, certification courses and youth activities. Interpretive trails and a 4-target archery practice range are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A 14-target woodland archery course is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. Classroom, covered shooting range and shotgun range open for events by arrangement. Old-time trapper cabin, wildlife habitat demonstration areas, and orienteering course. Free public events include annual open house with range demos and other activities on National Hunting and Fishing Day in September.

For more information, visit; call (603) 536-1290 or write to Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road, Holderness, NH 03245. The center was made possible through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds and private donations.

Youth Programs

Summer youth programs for Hunter Education and Shooting Sports:

  • Barry Conservation Camp – One-week overnight camps
  • Owl Brook – Free day programs

Signups start in spring; check for program descriptions and schedules and get those young people outdoors!


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