Hunter Education

The purpose of hunter education is to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become safe, responsible hunters. Hunter education is not limited to youth or beginners; it is an ongoing process that all hunters should embrace. The importance of gun safety is an obvious priority and we welcome you to review our Safety University to obtain key tips on firearms safety. There are many other initiatives in hunter education, such as learning survival skills and learning the proper identification of game species.

Typically, hunter education starts by attending a traditional, state certified led course including classroom lectures and field/range experiences. In today's society, students are also learning online at their computers.  A great source to start your learning process is IHEA, International Hunter Education Association.

Hunter education main goal is to instill responsibility, improve knowledge and skills, and encourage the involvement of beginner and veteran hunters. Responsible, ethical behavior and personal involvement are both essential to the survival of hunting.

A knowledgeable and skillful student of hunting will never be a true hunter unless he or she also behaves responsibly. Responsible behavior includes courtesy, respect of others and of wildlife, and involvement. Responsible hunters do not poach or act carelessly. Responsible hunters obey hunting laws, hunt fairly, practice safety rules, and wait for a clean kill before shooting. How you behave and how other people see you will determine hunting’s future.

Hunting-related safety skills are gained through hands-on training and practice. It is most valuable to learn these skills from an experienced hunter.
Knowledge is learning and understanding the basics of safe gun handling and hunting. Before being trained in the skill of firearm shooting, you should know how the firearm operates and how to handle it safely.

Part of the process of becoming a true, responsible sportsman is becoming involved in efforts to make hunting a respected sport. That includes teaching others, working with landowners, and cooperating with game wardens. It also includes joining conservation organizations, which will help preserve habitat and promote wildlife management.

To learn more about hunting, outdoor skills, and other important subjects talk to your Hunter Education Instructor, your parents, or an outdoors mentor. You can also ask your local game warden, wildlife biologist, or your favorite local conservation chapter. One of the best ways to learn about hunting is to spend time with an experienced hunter you know and respect.