Hunter Education

Hunting Regulations Icon New York Hunting

All first-time hunters, bowhunters and trappers must pass one or more courses before they can purchase a license in New York. Trained volunteer instructors certified by DEC teach safe and responsible outdoor practices and the important role of hunters and trappers in conservation.

Beginning in 2016, all hunter and trapper education courses require the completion of homework prior to attending the course. Proof of the completed homework must be brought to the course led by an instructor. The homework may take several hours to complete, so one should not begin the work the night before the course.

There are a few simple ways to obtain the study materials to complete the homework requirement:

  • Download the free manual and worksheet OR
  • Obtain the manual and worksheet through the guidelines of the course announcement OR
  • Complete the online homework (fee) and print the voucher to bring to the course.

Visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html
for more information on materials, including a list of courses.

There are NO “online-only” courses. All courses have an in-person field day. All courses are free of charge, but space may be limited. As hunting seasons approach, many classes fill quickly. SIGN UP EARLY!