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Traditional & Independent Study
Hunter Education Courses

The Traditional Hunter Education Course.

The Traditional course is a multi-day course that thoroughly covers a study manual and workbook with an instructor. This course is usually held for church groups, as a school elective course, or Boy Scout troops who desire a longer, more in-depth course (check with your local school).

There are a few EASY steps to enroll in a Traditional Hunter Education course.

  1. Purchase a $10.00 Hunter Education packet at any Fish & Game Office.
  2. Sign up in a log book for a course in your area. Traditional course offerings are normally 4 to 6 days long, encompassing a few hours each night during the week and ending with a field course for 3-4 hours on a Saturday.
  3. The instructor may assign chapters from your Study Manual and Workbook for each session or may discuss and work with the students during each meeting. The workbook MUST be completed prior to attending the field course portion of the course.
  4. Attend the class dates that you signed up for. Certified instructors will offer classroom lecture and review of course materials. It will also include safe firearms handling with “cutaway” firearms under careful supervision of the instructors.
  5. The remainder of the course will be your field course and a required shooting proficiency with a certified instructor. You will then take a 50 question written test and will need to score 80% to pass. A portion of this course is outdoors so please dress accordingly.
  6. The student must successfully complete the field course, shooting proficiency and written test to be certified. If any portion is not successfully completed, the student must sign up to take a future course.

View information on the Traditional and Independent Study Hunter Education proficiency shoot.

View statewide schedule for the Traditional and Independent Study Hunter Education courses.

The Independent Study Hunter Education Course.

The Independent Study course is typically a one day or two evening event. This is our most common course and is usually the type of course you will take if you sign up at one of our ADF&G offices.

There are a few EASY steps to enroll in the Independent Study Hunter Education course.

  1. Pick up and pay $10.00 for a Hunter Education packet at any Fish & Game Office.
  2. Sign up in a log book for a course in your area. The Independent Study course offerings are normally 8 hours long; normally a full Saturday or two evenings during the week.
  3. Study the material in each chapter of the Hunter Education Study Manual and then complete the Hunter Education Workbook. The workbook MUST be completed prior to attending the classroom course with a certified instructor.
  4. Attend the class dates that you signed up for. Certified instructors will offer a short classroom lecture and review of course material. It will also include safe firearms handling with “cutaway” firearms under the careful supervision of the instructors.
  5. The remainder of the course will be your field course and a required shooting proficiency with a certified instructor. You will then take a 50 question written test and will need to score 80% to pass. A portion of this course is outdoors so please dress accordingly.
  6. The student must successfully complete the field course, shooting proficiency and written test to be certified. If any portion is not successfully completed, the student must sign up to take a future course.

View information on the Traditional and Independent Study Hunter Education proficiency shoot.

View statewide schedule for the Traditional and Independent Study Hunter Education courses.