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Hunter Education


To become a licensed hunter in New Hampshire, you must complete a Hunter Education course. Hunter Education is required for new hunters to purchase their first hunting or archery license. Classes are open to New Hampshire residents and non-residents age 12 and older.


Hunter Education covers safe firearms handling, archery equipment, wildlife management principles, map and compass skills, New Hampshire game laws, and more. NH Fish and Game offers two types of Hunter Education courses:


PLEASE NOTE: All Online Field Days and Trapper Ed courses are currently full for 2022. Check back at the beginning of February 2023.



Traditional Hunter Education


Traditional courses take place in-person and include:

  • Classroom lessons with certified volunteer instructors
  • Multiple-choice written exam (80% or better to pass)
  • Field day assessment and practical exam


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Online Hunter Education with Field Day

Online courses include remote learning with an in-person field day. Must be 15 years old to take this class.

  • Self-paced online course
  • Chapter quizzes
  • Multiple-choice written exam (80% or better to pass)
  • Field day assessment and practical exam (in-person required)
  • $29.00 fee


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On field day, students will demonstrate their knowledge of safe hunting and firearms handling. Participants must pass both the written exam and the practical field exam to receive a certification.


If you successfully complete the course, the Hunter Education certification will be emailed to you once the instructor inputs your course results. Students can return to the registration site to see a history of their courses or print a copy of their certification.


Participants are reminded not to bring personal firearms to Hunter Education classes.


Trapper Education

Trapper Education teaches participants how to be safe, responsible and ethical while trapping furbearing animals. Courses are offered April through September.


Bowhunter Education

New Hampshire provides double certification for Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education for all certification courses, except Trapper Education. There is no separate Bowhunter education course.


Apprentice Hunting

If you cannot attend a Hunter Education course in time for the current hunting season, consider an apprentice hunting license. The apprentice license is a one-time purchase opportunity that allows you to hunt with a fully licensed hunter age 18 or older -- giving you the opportunity to try hunting, even if you have not taken Hunter Education yet. The apprentice license will expire on December 31 of the current year.


Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is a 240-acre education center located in Holderness, N.H. A variety of hunting and outdoor skills workshops are offered year round including summer youth programs, advanced hunting skills topics, shooting skills, map and compass and outdoor survival. All workshops are taught using hands on experiential learning. Owl Brook also has a woodland archery range free for public use.

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.


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Have Questions?

Contact the Hunter Education Program at (603) 271-3212 or by email at: