Virginia Basic Hunter Education Course


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The 6-8 hour Basic Hunter Education Course covers material on hunting safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. This course is usually 6-8 hours in length but students are required to complete the self-study prior to class. Although students do NOT have to prove completion of self-study, the final exam will include material covered in the self-study portion. More information on the 6-8 hour course can be found here.

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There is usually no charge for these classes, which are required for 12- to 15-year-old license buyers, as well as for anyone purchasing a hunting license for the first time.

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The Basic Hunter Education Classroom Course covers material on hunting safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. The course is a minimum of ten hours in length. There is usually no charge for these classes, which are required for 12-15 year-old license buyers as well as for anyone purchasing a first hunting license.

The Basic Hunter Education Classroom Course with Live Fire features the opportunity to shoot at least one type of firearm or bow. These classes meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education. There is sometimes a small fee for this type of class.

The list of hunter education classes, including bowhunting and trapping education classes, is provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Hunter Education Program. If you do not see a class in your area, please check back soon. Classes may be added at any time; however, most are offered just before the hunting or trapping seasons. You must attend all scheduled times and dates to complete a course.

Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

Hunting and trapping courses in Virginia are taught primarily by trained volunteer instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us through the Department website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/.

Use the search feature below to find classes by zip code. Or you can use the calendar navigation arrows to find a class by date. Click on the desired class to get more specific information about class times, location, and instructor. Once you find the class you want to register for, follow the instructions on the class page to enroll.

September 2014