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