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Introduction to Hunting and Hunter Education

Hunting has always been a part of human life. For most of their history, humans depended on hunting for their survival. No other form of human activity has a longer tradition.
The first Hunter Education (HE) courses, originally called hunter safety, were designed over 50 years ago with the main purpose of reducing hunting accidents. All states now have HE courses, with over 25 million graduates since the programs were started. A decrease in hunting accidents of well over 50% show show 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 hunter 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 community will be essential to the future of wildlife and the survival of hunting.
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.

Hunter Education Course Types and Information

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, receive 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 costs a maximum of $10.00 per student. This fee helps the instructor cover classroom costs such as equipment purchases, room rentals, etc.
Online Hunter Education Classes
  • Online classes consist of two different learning environments, 1) completion of the online course and 2) and in person field day. The imperson field day is an opportunity to review and be tested of the skills you learned online. It is typically 4 - 5 hours. The online portion of this class costs $19.50, payable directly to the vendor providing the course and a maximum of $10.00 to the instructor for course costs.
  • To learn more about the online HE course, click here.
Both of these classes 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%.
Bowhunter Education Classes
Bowhunter education class are taught with 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 307-777-4538.

If you are interested in attending a Bowhunter education course and would like to receive information e-mailed to you on upcoming bowhunter education opportunities please click here.

The Instructors

The Wyoming HE program is conducted by a cadre of volunteer instructors throughout the state. All classes are taught by volunteers and/or Department personnel. The dates, times, and places for these classes are set by the instructors. HE course offerings will be listed on the WGFD web site.

Hunter Education Cards

Each student who passes the course receives a temporary Wyoming HE certificate that is good for two weeks. After the two week time frame students must visit the WGFD web page and print off their permanent cards. These cards allow him or her to hunt in Wyoming and any other states with reciprocity to Wyoming. Graduates can also print duplicate cards, at no charge.

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