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Hunter’s Handbook is the official student “how-to” information pipeline of the International Hunter Education Association. As the experts in teaching safe, ethical and successful hunting, we are here to provide tips, tools, and great video content as well as offer you a place that you can learn more about your love and favorite past-time—hunting.  Spend some time with us.  New content is added monthly, and we are excited to share our expertise with you.  We wish you a lifetime of safe and memorable experiences in the outdoors.

New Hunter Guide

Hunter's Handbook is the place for all new hunters of any age. We are here to support and help you every step of the way. On this page you will find relevant information to get you started - from hunting education courses in your area, state-by-state requirements and laws, and even some articles to answer all your first-time hunting questions. It can be intimidating, but we are your go-to resource to keep hunting exciting and safe!

For the full list of individual state-by-state hunting information please scroll to bottom of page

SIGN UP FOR A HUNTER'S EDUCATION COURSE Each state and province has a different system for scheduling and advertising courses. There are several options based on the state or province you live in that offer online hunter education training throughout North America. In most cases, you must also attend a 'field day course' in a particular state, with a certified hunter education instructor, to complete your training. Field courses are hands-on training sessions provided by hunter education instructors. Hands-on field courses are the best form of learning for students and are encouraged regardless of your particular state requirements. 

SIGN UP FOR A HUNTER'S EDUCATION COURSE

Each state and province has a different system for scheduling and advertising courses. There are several options based on the state or province you live in that offer online hunter education training throughout North America. In most cases, you must also attend a 'field day course' in a particular state, with a certified hunter education instructor, to complete your training. Field courses are hands-on training sessions provided by hunter education instructors. Hands-on field courses are the best form of learning for students and are encouraged regardless of your particular state requirements. 

STATE HUNTER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Every state requires a different level of hunter education, hunting licenses and age restrictions.

STATE HUNTER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Every state requires a different level of hunter education, hunting licenses and age restrictions.

STATE HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENTS Depending on the game you are hunting and what season you are hunting during, every state requires different amounts of hunter orange.

STATE HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENTS

Depending on the game you are hunting and what season you are hunting during, every state requires different amounts of hunter orange.


Camps and clubs

Whether you are new to hunting and want to learn more about your surrounding or you are interested in becoming a precision shooter, this is where you'll find all of our recommended camps and clubs to support your sport. 

  SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION - AMERICAN WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL The focus of the SCI Foundation remains on developing the next generation of conservationists and hunters through specific programs focused on educators and youth.  Programs include the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) – which is the foundation’s flagship program to reach educators and youth with our sustainable use wildlife conservation curriculum. They also provide college scholarships to high achieving students in the conservation fields, develop, sell, and distribute the interactive “Hands On Wildlife” Conservation instructional kit – an ideal tool for educators.

 

SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION - AMERICAN WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL

The focus of the SCI Foundation remains on developing the next generation of conservationists and hunters through specific programs focused on educators and youth.  Programs include the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) – which is the foundation’s flagship program to reach educators and youth with our sustainable use wildlife conservation curriculum. They also provide college scholarships to high achieving students in the conservation fields, develop, sell, and distribute the interactive “Hands On Wildlife” Conservation instructional kit – an ideal tool for educators.

NSSF - SHOOTING SPORTS FANTASY CAMP Come and live your dream in Las Vegas March 31 - April 2 at the world-class, five-star Clark County Shooting Complex. Join six of the top pro shooters in the world for a weekend of handgun shooting, learning from the pros, handgun shooting, friendly competition, making new friends, and, oh yeah—more handgun shooting (more than 30,000 rounds of ammo will be sent downrange over the weekend)! 

NSSF - SHOOTING SPORTS FANTASY CAMP

Come and live your dream in Las Vegas March 31 - April 2 at the world-class, five-star Clark County Shooting Complex. Join six of the top pro shooters in the world for a weekend of handgun shooting, learning from the pros, handgun shooting, friendly competition, making new friends, and, oh yeah—more handgun shooting (more than 30,000 rounds of ammo will be sent downrange over the weekend)! 


Conservation organizations

Hunting is about more than harvesting an animal. Its about conserving our environment and ensuring that our ecosystem thrives. If we don't have a sustainable ecosystem, we won't have flourishing wildlife. Click on any of the organizations below to find out how they help your community and what you can do to assist. 


STATE HUNTING INFORMATION

Most states require hunter education for new hunters before licenses and tags can be purchased. The following is a complete listing of phone numbers and web links to hunter education programs state by state.

Alabama: Phone number (334) 242-3620 Main web site: www.outdooralabama.com Hunter education site: www.dcnr.state.al.us/agfd/he.html

Alaska: Phone number (907) 267-2187 Main web site:www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/FISH.GAME/ Hunter education site:www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/FISH.GAME/wildlife/geninfo/hunting/hit/htm

Arizona: Phone number (602) 789-3235 Main web site: www.azgfd.com Hunter education site:www.azgfd.com

Arkansas: Phone number (501) 223-6377 Main web site: www.agfc.com Hunter education site:www.agfc.com/education/index.htm#Hunter%20Education

California: Phone number (916) 653-1235 Main web site: www.dfg.ca.gov Hunter education site: www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/index.html

Colorado: Phone number (301) 291-7233 or 7470 Main web site: www.wildlife.state.co.usHunter education site: www.wildlife.state.co.us/hunt/HunterEducatoin/index.asp

Connecticut: Phone number (860) 675-8130 Main web site: www.dep.state.ct.us Hunter education site: www.dep.state.cut.us/burnatr/wildlife.geninfo.cefis.asp

Delaware: Phone number (302) 323-5336 Main web site: www.dnrec.state.de.us Hunter education site: www.dnrec.state.de.us/fw/fwwe/.htm

Florida: Phone number (850) 413-0084 Main web site: http://MyFWC.com Hunter education site:http://MyFWC.com/HunterSafety

Georgia: Phone number (770) 784-3068 Main web site: www.gadnr.org/ Hunter education site:www.gohuntgeorgia.com

Hawaii: Phone number (808) 587-0200 Main web site: www.state.hi.us/dlnr Hunter education site: www.state.hi.us/dlnr.dere/home/htm

Idaho: Phone number (208) 334-3746 Main web site: www.state.id.us/fishgame Hunter education site: www.state.id.us/fishgame/huntered.htm

Illinois: Phone number (217) 557-9206 Main web site: http://dnr.state.il.us/ Hunter education site: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/safety/index.htm

Indiana: Phone number (317) 232-4010 Main web site: www.state.in.us/dnr Hunter education site: www.state.in.us/dnr/lawenfor/hunt-edu.htm

Iowa: Phone number (512) 281-5918 Main web site: www.state.ia.us/government/dnr/ Hunter education site: www.state.ia.us/government/dnr/organiza/fwb/enforcemt/hunt-ed.htm

Kansas: Phone number (620) 672-5911 ext. 5918 Main web site: www.kdwp.state.ks.us/ Hunter education site: www.kdwp.state.ks.us/education/hunter.html

Kentucky: Phone number (800) 851-1549 Main web site: www.kdfwr.state.ky.us Hunter education site: www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/huntered.htm

Louisiana: Phone number (225) 675-2932 Main web site: www.wlf.state.la.us/ Hunter education site: www.wlf.state.la.us/apps/netgear/index.asp?en=lawlf&pid=152

Maine: Phone number (207) 287-5220 or 8000 Main web site: http://janus.state.me.us/ifw/Hunter education site: http://janus.state.me.us/ifw/education/safety.htm

Maryland: Phone number (410) 260-3280 Main web site: www.dnr.state.md.us Hunter education site: www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/huntersafetyintro.html

Massachusetts: Phone number (617) 727-3623 Main web site: www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dfwHunter education site: www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dfw/dfwhecl.htm

Michigan: Phone number (517) 335-3418 Main web site: www.michigan.gov/dnr Hunter education site: www.michigan.gov/dnr/recnsrch.asp?LinkID=338&sec-hunt

Minnesota: Phone number (800) 366-8917 Main web site: www.dnr.state.mn.us Hunter education site: www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html

Mississippi: Phone number (601) 432-2182 Main web site: www.mdwfp.com Hunter education site: www.mdwfp.com/huntingedu.asp

Missouri: Phone number (573) 751-4115 Main web site: www.conservation.state.mo.us/ Hunter education site: www.conservation.state.mo.us/hunt/heclass-search.html

Montana: Phone number (406) 444-3188 Main web site: www.fwp.state.mt.us/ Hunter education site: www.fwp.state.mt.us/educat/hunted.htm

Nebraska: Phone number (402) 471-0641 Main web site: www.outdoornebraska.org Hunter education site: http://ngp.ngpc.state.ne.us/outdoor/hunted/index.html

Nevada: Phone number (775) 688-1553 or 1559 Main web site:www.nevadadivisionofwildlife.org/ Hunter education site:www.nevadadivisionofwildlife.org/coned/heprog2.htm

New Hampshire: Phone number (603) 271-3214 Main web site: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunter education site: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/

New Jersey: Phone number (908) 735-7040 Main web site: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw Hunter education site: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw

New Mexico: Phone number (505) 841-8888 ext. 630 Main web site:www.gamefish.state.nm.us/ Hunter education site: www.gamefish.state.nm.us/

New York: Phone number (888) 486-8332 Main web site: www.dec.state.ny.us/ Hunter education site: www.dec.state.ny.us/

North Carolina: Phone number (919) 733-7192 Main web site: www.ncwildlife.org Hunter education site: www.ncwildlife.org/frindex4hunting

North Dakota: Phone number (701) 328-6615 Main web site: www.state.nd.us/gnf/ Hunter education site: www.state.nd.us/gnf/

Ohio: Phone number (800) WILDLIFE or (614) 265-6300 Main web site:www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife Hunter education site:www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/hunting/huntered/hunted.html

Oklahoma: Phone number (405) 521-4636 Main web site: www.wildlifedepartment.com Hunter education site: www.wildlifedepartment.com/faqs.htm#faqhe

Oregon: Phone number (503) 947-6015 Main web site: www.dfw.state.or.us Hunter education site: www.dfw.state.or.us/outdoorskills/

Pennsylvania: Phone number (717) 787-4250 Main web site:http://sites.state.pa.us/paexec/pgcl Hunter education site:http://sites.state.pa.us/paexec/pgc/hte/huntereduc.htm

Rhode Island: Phone number (401) 789-3094 Main web site:www.state.ri.us/dem/programs/bnatres/fishwild Hunter education site:www.state.ri.us/dem/programs/bnatres/fishwild/huntered/index.htm

South Carolina: Phone number (800) 277-4301 Main web site: www.dnr.state.sc.us Hunter education site: www.dnr.state.sc.us.cec.educate.edcourses.html

South Dakota: Phone number (605) 773-7154 Main web site: www.state.sd.us/gfp Hunter education site: www.state.sed.us.gfp/hunting

Tennessee: Phone number (615) 781-6538 Main web site: www.tnwildlife.org Hunter education site: www.tnwildlife.org

Texas: Phone number (800) 792-1112 ext. 63 Main web site: www.tpwd.state.tx.us Hunter education site: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/edu/hunted/hunted.htm

Utah: Phone number (801) 538-4727 Main web site: www.wildlife.utah.gov Hunter education site: www.wildlife.utah.gov/huntereducation

Vermont: Phone number (802) 241-3720 Main web site: www.anr.state.vt.us Hunter education site: www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Virginia: Phone number (804) 367-1000 Main web site: www.dgif.state.va.us Hunter education site: www.dgif.state.va.us/hunting/huntereducation/index.html

Washington: Phone number (360) 902-8111 Main web site: wdfw.wa.gov Hunter education site:http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/

West Virginia: Phone number (304) 558-2784 Main web site: www.dnr.state.wv.us/ Hunter education site: www.dnr.state.wv.us/wvhunting/safety/default.htm

Wisconsin: Phone number (608) 266-2143 Main web site: www.dnr.state.wi.us Hunter education site: www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/es/enforcement/safety/hunted.htm

Wyoming: Phone number (307) 777-4538 Main web site: http://gf.state.wy.us Hunter education site: http://gf.state.wy.us/html/education/hunt-ed.htm