Winter is a good time to take a hunter education

More than 40 courses available statewide

1/7/2019 1:43:42 PM

Cheyenne - Big game applications are open, and if you’re thinking about hunting, now is a good time to sign up for a hunter education class. Classes are offered statewide scheduled from January through March, with more classes expected to be posted by volunteers over the next few months. To register for a class, visit the Hunter Education website. The website is updated as new courses are scheduled.

“If you’re a new hunter, now is a good time to take a hunter education course,” said George Oberstadt, Wyoming Game and Fish Department hunter education coordinator. “Taking a class early gives you time before hunting season to practice with your firearm or bow and learn more skills before your first hunt.”

Students can also sign up for online hunter education courses. These are good for those who can’t make a regular course or want to work at their own pace. Online courses require students to attend a field day to earn their hunter education certification.

“The major purpose of hunter education is to promote safe and ethical hunting while teaching skills that will prevent hunting and firearm-related accidents. The course enhances knowledge about the tradition of hunting and focuses on hunting responsibilities,” said Oberstadt.

Hunter education is required in Wyoming for all hunters born after 1965 with exemptions for military and law enforcement. There is no minimum age for taking hunter education in Wyoming, however most material is written at a fourth-grade reading level.

Wyoming also offers a hunter mentor program for hunters who don’t yet have hunter safety. Learn how to enroll in the program online. For hunters who are new to or don’t live in Wyoming, certifications from other states are permitted; proof in the field is required, though.

Game and Fish is always looking for qualified volunteers to help teach hunter education courses. Ideal volunteers have experience hunting in Wyoming and/or in other states and are passionate about sharing hunting with the next generation. If you’re interested in teaching hunter education courses or would like to request a hunter education course in a specific location, contact

(Sara DiRienzo (307-777-4540))

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