• California Traditional Hunter Education


    Overview

    The Traditional Hunter Education course consists of a minimum of 10 hours of classroom, homework, and field instruction. The Traditional Course is most often preferred by first-time hunters.

    STOP All students are required to obtain a California Get Outdoors ID (GO ID) prior to registering for California Hunter Education courses. If you are a previous CDFW license holder (i.e. Fishing), your GO ID is printed on the license above your name.

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    Classes are generally scheduled for 1-3 sessions. Students will receive training in firearms safety and handling, sportsmanship and ethics, wildlife management and conservation, archery, black powder, wildlife identification, game care, first aid, and survival. After a student has successfully completed the course of instruction and passed the final examination, they are awarded a Certificate of Completion.
    Managed And Approved By:

    California Department of Fish & Wildlife

    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/
  • California Online Course and Follow-Up Class


    Overview

    This is a 2 component course. Students must complete an Online Course prior to attending a Follow-Up Class. The Follow-Up is a review only of what the student has learned online.

    STOP All students are required to obtain a California Get Outdoors ID (GO ID) prior to registering for California Hunter Education courses. If you are a previous CDFW license holder (i.e. Fishing), your GO ID is printed on the license above your name.

    Click here to get a GO ID. Click here for instructions.


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    The on-line course in itself will not get you a valid hunter education certificate. Once you have completed one of the on-line courses, you will still need to attend a 4 hour follow-up class with a certified Hunter Education Instructor. Young children may find the course demanding, due to the limited interaction with an instructor. Please contact the Instructor directly for help deciding whether your child is old enough. The course is available by request in hardcopy form for individuals without computer or internet access.
    Managed And Approved By:

    California Department of Fish & Wildlife

    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/
  • California Advanced Hunter Education


    Overview

    CDFW's Advanced Hunting Clinics focus on the "how-tos" of hunting

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    The advanced hunting clinics focus on the basics of hunting. The series includes sessions on how to hunt turkey, upland game, waterfowl, and big game. Topics covered in each clinic include type of firearm, ammunition, importance of sighting in the firearm, gauging distance, scouting, tracking, field dressing, shoot-don't shoot scenarios, hunter ethics, landowner-hunter relationships, conservation, and safety. The goal of this series of hunting clinics is to develop ethical, conservation-minded, successful hunters through education...taking the hunter a step beyond the basic Hunter Education course.
    Managed And Approved By:

    California Department of Fish & Wildlife

    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/
  • California Bowhunter Education Program


    Overview

    Comprehensive classes for bowhunters are available through the International Bow hunter Education Program.

    Important Bowhunter Education Classes do not fulfill the requirements for a Hunter Education Certificate. The certificate you receive does fulfill the Bowhunter Certification requirement in other States.

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    These classes fulfill the Bowhunter Education requirements in other States. California does not currently have a Bowhunter Education requirement. Please note that this class is separate from and does not apply to receiving your Hunter Safety Certificate.
    Managed And Approved By:

    California Department of Fish & Wildlife

    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/
  • California Hunter Education Instructor Training


    Overview

    Continual training and certification for California Hunter Education Instructors.

    Managed And Approved By:

    California Department of Fish & Wildlife

    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/