Iowa Advanced Skills and Opportunities


Advanced Skills and Opportunities classes are typically designed for students who have already completed the basic Hunter Education class. Advanced Skills and Opportunities classes include but are not limited to: Fur Harvester Education, Bowhunter Education, Wingshooting Education, Mentored Hunts, Species Specific Seminars, Treestand Safety Seminars, and Firearms Specific Seminars.

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These programs are designed to provide the student with advanced knowledge and training on a particular topic of interest in order to further their understanding and success in the hunting field.

About the Class

Advanced Skills and Opportunities classes are typically one day in length and are held throughout the state.

Some classes require an additional charge for materials and supplies. If a class requires an additional charge, it will be indicated in the special instructions section prior to completing the class registration process. All charges must be paid upon arrival to the class in the form of cash or check.

Age-Related Information

Minimum age to register will vary upon the class type. Be sure to review the special instructions section during the registration process for any restrictions.

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In accordance with CDC guidelines, and state recommendations, we are cancelling upcoming classes, field days, workshops, and advanced hunter education offerings through May 31. These events are usually held within facilities that are currently closed or prohibiting gatherings of large groups due to the Covid-19. The health and safety of our volunteers, participants, and staff is of utmost importance to us, that is why we have these cancellations.

Due to the cancellation of our in-person hunter education courses, we are recommending the following for hunting this spring:

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter education course online. You can access the online course here.

We recognize this is an inconvenience and that it may not be the most desirable option to receive your hunter education certification. If you would like to sign up to be notified of an upcoming course in your area once offerings are allowed to resume, please follow this link.

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