• 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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    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Bowhunter Education Course (IBEP)


    Overview

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries supports the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP), a bowhunter education course developed by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF).

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    Details

    In Virginia, Bowhunter Education is not required to obtain an archery license. However, the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) class provides an excellent opportunity to learn ethical techniques for hunting with archery equipment. Some states, localities, and military facilities require this course.

    This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

    Replacement Cards

    Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (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.

    Volunteer Instructors

    Hunting, bowhunting, 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 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/.
    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Trapper Education Course (VTA)


    Overview

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries supports the Virginia Trappers Association (VTA) Trapper Education Program.

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    Details

    This course is not required in order to buy a trapping license in Virginia. However, it is an excellent introduction to the safe and ethical use of trapping techniques.

    This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

    Replacement Cards

    Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (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.

    Volunteer Instructors

    Hunting, bowhunting, 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 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/.

    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Other Hunter Education Opportunities


    Overview

    Hunting workshops are sometimes offered to allow students the opportunity to gain hunting skills beyond those taught in the Basic Hunter Education Course.

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    Details

    Most workshops are coordinated by volunteer Hunter Education Course instructors and involve an actual hunting experience.

    Classes, such as wild game processing and outdoor skills, may be offered by volunteer Hunter Education Course instructors.

    This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

    Replacement Cards

    Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (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.

    Volunteer Instructors

    Hunting, bowhunting, 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 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/.

    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov