Hunter Education

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Successful completion of a Hunter Education course is required for New Hampshire 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 huntnh.com. 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 view course schedules, locations and to register online for Hunter Education or Trapper Education, visit huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed.html.

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 both 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 close to 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 huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed.html 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 camp
    sessions (registration opens in January).
  • Owl Brook: Free summer youth programs (sign-up starts April 1).

Visit wildnh.com 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 wildnh.com. Just check off the $10 Wildlife Legacy Donation…and thank you! Learn more at wildnh.com/landshare.


Hunter Education Requirements

Anyone applying to hunt with a firearm or bow must present a previous hunting or archery license or a Certificate of Completion from an approved Hunter or Bowhunter Education course from any year, any state. For duplicates of lost certificates, call 603-271-3214; date of birth must be included if applying by mail.