Education / Hunter Education

HUNTER EDUCATION

The first Hunter Education (HE) courses, originally called hunter safety, were designed over 50 years ago with the main purpose of reducing hunting accidents. Every state now has HE courses, with over 25 million graduates since the programs were started. A decrease in hunting accidents of well over 50% show how effective these programs have been. Hunting is statistically safer than almost all other forms of recreation.
 
While the major purpose of HE programs is still the prevention of hunting and firearm related accidents, more and more emphasis is being placed on improving knowledge about the heritage of hunting. The importance of the young hunter developing a sense of ethics and responsibility is stressed. Both the first time and veteran hunters are encouraged to become involved in all matters related to hunting, wildlife, and the environment. Responsible, ethical behavior by hunters and personal involvement in the local community will be essential to the future of wildlife and the continuation of hunting for future generations.
 
HE courses in Wyoming are sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), and by similar wildlife management agencies in other states. The major sources of funding for these agencies are from sales of hunting and fishing licenses and from federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.
 
In Wyoming, there are over 350 volunteer instructors, training over 5,000 HE graduates each year. These volunteers donate their time, ability, and effort to share their knowledge and experience with HE students. Without the efforts of these volunteers the program in HE would not be affordable or possible.

Do you need Hunter education in Wyoming?

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1966, needs to carry proof of hunter education in the field, unless accompanied by a mentor. View General Hunting Regulation.

Types of Hunter Education Courses

Both of these classes, taught primarily by volunteers, cover the same material 1) Hunter Responsibility and Ethics, 2) Wildlife Conservation and Management, 3) Firearms and Firearm Safety, 4) Game and Fish Statutes and Regulations, 5) Game Care and Wildlife Identification, and 6) Outdoor Safety. The classes also require hands on firearm handling tests as well as a written test comprised of 50 multiple choice and matching questions. You must pass the written test with a minimum score of 70%.

Traditional Hunter Education Classes

Students complete the course in an instructor led classroom setting that includes lectures, videos and hands-on activities.

Traditional Class Information and Registration

Online Classes with required Internet Completion Course

Students can complete a portion of the course online when it fits their schedule best, then attend a required shorter in-person class to receive their hunter education certificate.


Online and ICC Information and Registration

What is the minimum age for taking Hunter education?

There is no minimum age for taking hunter education in Wyoming, however most material is written at a 4th grade reading level.

Led by our Volunteer Instructors

Wyoming's Hunter Education program would not be possible without a cadre of volunteers from around the state. We are always looking for volunteers to teach Hunter Education in communities across Wyoming. 

Click here if you are interested in joining the team.

Bowhunter Education

Bowhunter education classes are taught through a partnership between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Bowhunter’s of Wyoming (BOW). Volunteers with the BOW help to certify new instructors, review materials, purchase classrooms supplies, and offer bowhunter education opportunities across Wyoming.

Bowhunter Education is not required in Wyoming, but is required in several western states. You can take Bowhunter education through the traditional or online methods listed above.

If you have any questions, please contact BOW or the WGFD Hunter Education office at 307-777-4542.

Frequent Hunter Education Questions

A. There is no minimum age for taking hunter education in Wyoming, however most material is written at a 4th grade reading level.
WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF MY WYOMING HUNTER EDUCATION CARD?

To print off a copy of your hunter education card, CLICK HERE. The WGFD currently no longer offers thick hard copies of hunter education cards.

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