Hunter education training

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, WDFW has cancelled all in-person hunter education classes until further notice. Students 9 years of age and older can complete the online course for certification. Students 8 years of age and younger can still complete the online course, however they are required to complete an in-person field skills evaluation prior to certification.

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Hunter Education Videos: Safety Practices and Hunting Tips

The following sites offer supplemental, online hunter education instruction:

Requirements

All individuals born after Jan. 1, 1972 must show proof of hunter education certification before purchasing their first Washington hunting license. Individuals participating in the Hunter Education Deferral Program are exempted from this requirement for one year.

If you already have a valid hunter education training certificate, just show it to a license vendor to purchase a hunting license. Hunter education training certificates can be from Washington or another state. Please note that an out-of-state license is not the same as a hunter education certificate.

There is no minimum age required to enroll in hunter education. However, students 8 years of age and younger are required to complete an in-person field skills evaluation. For information on the in-person field skills evaluation please contact our customer service staff at 360-902-8111.

Course information

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife currently offers an online only class due to COVID-19. The course goes over firearms and outdoor safety, wildlife management, and hunter responsibility. Students 9 years of age and older will receive their certification upon completion of the online course. Students 8 years of age and younger are required to complete an in-person field skills evaluation prior to certification. For more information on the in-person field skills evaluation please contact our customer service staff at 360-902-8111.

Note: Students 8 years of age and younger who do not pass the field skills evaluation class are required to retake the online class before signing up for another field skills evaluation class.

Find information on Trapper Education. Find information on Bowhunter Education.

Peace officer or military exemptions

Qualifying peace officers and military personnel may be exempt from the firearms field skills portion of any hunter education course that is completed online. To learn more, please visit this page.

Firearm storage and suicide

Hunting and target shooting are rich traditions enjoyed by millions of individuals and families nationwide.   As a current or future hunter or target shooter, you likely have, or will have, firearms in the home. 

We all play a critical role in preventing unauthorized or undesirable access to firearms to help prevent accidents, theft and suicide. The statistics associated with suicide with a firearm are staggering… please do your part and practice safe firearm storage.

Please use the links below to learn more about suicide awareness and prevention, the importance of safe firearm storage, and the range of storage options available.

This important information is provided consistent with state law, RCW 43.70.445.

For more information, visit the Safer Homes, Suicide Aware campaign and Project Childsafe.