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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

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New Hampshire is fortunate to have a dedicated facility where Hunter Education programs are helping to shape the future of hunting in our state by developing outdoor skills and knowledge. 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 for camps, recreation departments and scouting groups. Throughout the year, workshops are offered for youth and adults on hunting and other outdoor skills.

Owl Brook’s interpretive trails and 4-target archery practice range are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 14-target woodland archery course is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. The classroom, hunter education exhibits, covered shooting range and shotgun range are open for center-sponsored events and groups by arrangement. Facilities also include an old-time trapper cabin, wildlife habitat demonstration areas and an orienteering course. Free public events include an annual open house with range demos and other hands-on activities on National Hunting and Fishing Day in late 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.

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