Hunter education is a mandatory program designed to promote knowledge and skills to continue our proud hunting tradition. All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must show proof of hunter education course completion before purchasing their first Washington hunting license.
Hunter education training
Hunter education classes are offered year-round. Courses are taught by volunteer instructors throughout the state.
Hunter education deferral program
Prospective hunters can apply for a one-year, once-in-a-lifetime deferral of hunter education training.
Duplicate hunter education certificates
Download an application today to get a duplicate hunter education certificate.
National Hunting and Fishing Day
National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates outdoor sports, conservation, and conservation successes led by hunters and anglers across the nation.
Peace officer and military exemptions
Peace officers and military personnel may qualify for an exemption from the firearms field skills portion of the online hunter education course.
Prospective trappers must pass the Washington state trapper education exam before purchasing their first Washington trapping license.
Bowhunter education is not required in Washington, but it is strongly recommended. This certification is required in some states and Canadian provinces.
How to become a hunter education instructor
Hunter education instructors devote personal time and effort to pass on our hunting heritage to the next generation of safe, ethical hunters.
Resources for existing instructors
Hunter education instructor news and class materials (requires login).