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Hunter Education


Hunter Education is required in New Hampshire before a new hunter can purchase his or her first hunting or archery license. If you are age 16 or older, a license to hunt is mandatory. To meet this requirement, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department offers two types of classes for students who are 12 years old or older by the last day of the course.


The first is the traditional course, which is conducted face to face with trained and certified volunteer instructors. Topics include: safe firearms handling, safe handling and familiarization of archery equipment, wildlife management principles, how to use a map and compass, New Hampshire game laws and rules, and more. To be certified, students must pass a multiple-choice written exam with at least an 80% and pass a field assessment demonstrating safe firearms handling during field conditions.


The second option is to take the online Hunter Education course and then attend and pass a field day. Students will learn most of the course content online at their own pace. Once students pass all the chapter quizzes, pass the final exam, and pay the $29.00 fee to the online vendor, they will be given a link to the calendar of available field days.


Field day attendees will learn safe firearms handling and nomenclature, map and compass skills, and will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of safe hunting. Participants will be required to pass a written exam in addition to a practical field exam before being granted the Hunter Education certification.


For both options, the Hunter Education certification is emailed to students once the instructor inputs the course results. Students may also return to the registration site to see a history of the courses they took and print a copy of their certification.


All posted in-person field days are currently filled.


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Please Note: For the remainder of 2021, both traditional courses and field days are available only for New Hampshire residents age 12 and older. New Hampshire provides double certification for Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education in all certification courses except Trapper Education. There is no separate Bowhunter education course.


Anyone unable to attend a course for the 2021 fall hunting seasons should consider the apprentice hunting license. Individuals who purchase an apprentice license can hunt with a fully licensed hunter age 18 or older without taking Hunter Education first. The apprentice license is a one-time purchase opportunity. This year's apprentice license will expire on December 31, 2021.


Participants are reminded not to bring personal firearms to Hunter Education classes.


Find a Traditional Hunter Education Course.


Find a Trapper Education Course

Trapper Education teaches participants how to be safe, responsible and ethical while trapping furbearing animals. Courses are conducted around the State and generally offered April through September. If there is no course currently listed please check back frequently as new courses may be added.


Course Options

Trapper Education Online with In-person Field Day–Residents ages 12 and older only.

Study and pass the online "Today's Trapper" course and sign up for in person 4.5-hour field day. The cost is $34.50 for the online course, and up to an additional $5.00 for field day per student. Students must attend the entire field day and will be required to pass a written exam at the field day with a score 80% or better.


Trapper Education Traditional Course–Residents ages 12 and older only.

An 8-hour instructor-led in-person course. The cost for this course is no more than $5.00 per student. Students must attend the entire course and will be required to pass a written exam with a score 80% or better.

Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is a 240-acre education center located in Holderness, N.H. A variety of hunting and outdoor skills workshops are offered year round including summer youth programs, advanced hunting skills topics, shooting skills, map and compass and outdoor survival. All workshops are taught using hands on experiential learning. Owl Brook also has a woodland archery range free for public use.

Why Take Hunter Education?

Today's hunters are going into the field knowing how to hunt safely, responsibly and ethically. Coupled with the voluntary use of hunter orange clothing, Hunter Education has dramatically helped to reduce the number of hunting-related firearms incidents in the field.


About the Hunter Education Curriculum


Hunter Education emphasizes safe gun handling, hunter responsibilities, ethics, and knowledge of firearms and ammunition. Students participate in a live fire exercise; learn about wildlife identification, conservation and wildlife management.  In addition, Conservation Officers provide expert advice on New Hampshire hunting rules and regulations as part of the class. The course culminates in a written examination and practical field exam in which students demonstrate their new knowledge and skills to earn certification. Bowhunter education is incorporated and covers the core concepts of ethics, wildlife conservation, identification and management, rules and regulations, bowhunting safety, archery equipment, tree-stand safety and proper shot placement. Students must also pass a written test to earn certification.


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Contact the Hunter Education Program at (603) 271-3212 or by email at: