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 hunter education, unless accompanied by a mentor. View General Hunting Regulation.


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 Classes

  • The traditional classroom HE course shall consist of a minimum of twelve (12) hours and a maximum of eighteen (18) hours of instruction. The eighteen hour maximum instruction may be waived when the course is offered by a school system.
  • This class is great for younger audiences or individuals who are new to hunting. Traditional classes offer multiple opportunities to ask questions, experience hands-on lessons, and engage with many other students. It is a great place to meet other hunters and potentially find new hunting partners.
  • Traditional classes cost a maximum of $10.00 per student. This fee helps the instructor cover classroom costs such as equipment purchases, room rentals, etc. A few courses, offered in conjunction with adult learning opportunities may have an additional fee.
Hunter Education Course Schedule

Online Classes

  • Online classes consist of two required components: 
    • 1) Completion of the online course from home.
    • 2) An in-person internet completion course.
  • The in person completion course helps meet the mandatory firearm safety handling requirement to earn your hunter education certificate. It also provides an opportunity to review and be tested on the skills you learned online in order to earn your hunter safety certificate. 
  • An Internet Completion Course is typically 4 - 6 hours. The online portion of this class costs $19.95, payable directly to the vendor providing the course and a maximum of $10.00 to the instructor for course costs.

Online Course Information

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 is taught primarily by volunteer instructors. Volunteers set hunter education class based on their schedule.

We are always looking for volunteers to teach Hunter Education in communities across Wyoming, if you are interested in joining the team please use these links to get started:

Volunteer Position Description
Background Check Forms

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.
I cannot find my hunter education card on the website, what do I do?

Volunteer instructors will provide graduates with a temporary card that is good for two weeks. This allows time for all paperwork to be turned in and processed. After the two week time frame, if you cannot find your card please e-mail

Youth Hunter Education Challenge

The challenge is a chance for youth to hone their hunting skills by shooting shotguns, .22 rifles, and archery; displaying their hunting judgment and learning wildlife identification.

Thermopolis, August 15, 2020 - Local

For more information about the Thermopolis event contact Cynthia Garbin, at 307-921-8304 or

Upton, August 22, 2020 - State

For more information about the Upton event, please contact Rick Rothleutner of the Upton Gun Club at (307) 281-9980 

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Brochure

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Rules (2020)

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