North Carolina Hunter Education


This course meets the hunter education requirement for all first-time hunting license buyers in North Carolina. Certification is accepted in every state and province in North America.

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  • Courses are provided free of charge in all 100 counties throughout the year.
  • Pre-registration is required for courses.
  • Students must bring a pen or pencil to class.

When will I get my card?

Following completion of the course requirements a certification card will be sent, typically within 14 days. Pertinent information is recorded into the agency database upon completion.

Is there an alternative to the Hunter Education Classroom Course?

Yes, a time-managed, online course (Today's Hunter) is available for those who cannot attend a regularly scheduled Hunter Education Classroom Course. Upon successful completion of the online course, students must register for and successfully complete the Internet Field Day event and a proctored exam in order to fulfill course requirements.

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NOTICE: In an effort to protect public health and reduce overall spread of COVID-19, we have canceled all in-person Hunter Education classes from 3/16/2020 to 10/08/2020. If you require certification, please take our online-only course at (no field day required during exemption period). If you do not want to take the online course, beginning Sept 1st, 2020, we will be offering instructor-led 'virtual courses'. Please note the internet and technology requirements needed to participate when you register.

September 2020