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Hunter Education

By New Hampshire state law, anyone planning to buy a hunting, archery or trapping license must complete the hunter education or trapper education course, or show a previously issued license of the same type. Fish and Game offers classes from January through October. Register early to ensure you can get in.



Find a Hunter Education Course
Find a Hunter Education Course - Traditional or online courses available. These courses include hunter and bowhunter curriculum.
Find a Trapper Education Course

Trapper Education teaches participants how to responsibly trap furbearing animals. This course is also required to become a licensed Wildlife Control Officer. Topics in the 8- to 12-hour course include proper trapping equipment and use, responsible trap-setting, the importance of good wildlife management practices, and habits and traits of furbearers. Taught in a classroom as well as outside. Students must pass the written exam with a score of 70% or higher.


Find a Trapper Education Course - Learn how to trap furbearing animals responsibly. Also a requirement for becoming a licensed Wildlife Control Officer.


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.

Get a Copy of Your Hunter Education Certification
  • If you completed hunter education prior to June 1, 2016 contact the hunter education office at (603) 271-3212.
  • If you completed hunter education after June 1, 2016 login with the same username and password used to register for the course
  • Select the "my events" link
  • Find the hunter education course in which you were enrolled; there will be a print certificate button.


Wildlife Restoration ProgramWildlife Sport Fish Restoration Program:
Keeping our wildlife and our traditions healthy


Your purchase of fishing tackle, firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and motorboat fuels, along with license sales, helps fund sport fish and wildlife restoration in New Hampshire. This provides opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-associated recreation. Learn more...


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