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Hunter Education in New Hampshire


Successful completion of a Hunter Education course 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 (you must be 15 years or older to take the online course for certification). 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.



Wildlife Legacy Initiative

If you love New Hampshire’s fish, wildlife and wild places, give a little extra this year when you buy your fishing or hunting license or make a donation. Support the Wildlife Legacy Initiative and help the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Landowner Relations Program, working to keep New Hampshire open to all outdoor users by protecting access to private land.

When you contribute to the Wildlife Legacy Initiative, be assured that 100% of your donation goes to support an important New Hampshire effort. The Landowner Relations Program actively encourages local landowners and hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers to maintain access to open lands and helps to address issues and concerns landowners face in providing this access on their property. Learn more at

Donate when you buy your license — in person or online at Just check off the $10 Wildlife Legacy Donation…and thank you!

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