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Hunter Education in New Hampshire

Successful completion of a Hunter Education course is required for N.H. hunters age 16 and older who haven’t previously held a hunting license. In a Hunter Education course, you’ll learn about firearms and archery safety and handling, outdoor safety and survival skills, N.H. 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 incidents in New Hampshire.

Today, it’s easier than ever to find, register for and participate in a Hunter 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 or Trapper Education, check for a class schedule and locations, or call (603) 271-3212.

Hunter Education courses cover both firearms and archery. Successful completion of either the classroom-based course or the online course with a field day allows you to purchase both a firearms and archery hunting license. If you took the course prior to January 1, 2014, you need to show proof of completion of Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses to be able to purchase both licenses.

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 N.H.’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.

Youth Programs

Summer youth programs for Hunter Education and Shooting Sports:

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

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

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.

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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