Students interested in getting certified in hunter education by this fall’s hunting season should sign up for a class now. Classes are limited and most are scheduled from spring through late summer.
It’s easy to see what classes are available. Go to ODFW’s licensing sales website and click the “View all Classes/Workshops” link; then look at the “Hunter Ed Class” or “Hunter Ed Field Day” tabs.
Students may choose to take the hunter education course entirely in a classroom setting or by independent study (online or by workbook). Before getting certified, these independent study students must pass a required “Hunter Ed Field Day” that includes live fire exercises.
Complete directions for registering online are here. To register, students will need to purchase a $10 hunter education class application fee. Contact information for the class instructor is printed on the receipt.
Students who register online who have never purchased another license or tag from ODFW will need to click on the arrow next to “Hunter/Angler ID#” and select “New Customer” from the drop-down box. Students can also register at any license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses.
Hunter education is mandatory for all hunters under the age of 18 and recommended for any new hunter. The course covers topics like firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife identification, hunt preparation and techniques and outdoor survival. The program certifies about 6,000 new hunters each year.
Classes are taught by ODFW’s network of volunteer hunter education instructors. With most hunting seasons over, these volunteers are back to teaching classes, rather than out in the field.