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-person courses will resume on Oct. 5th with safety guidelines in place to help protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines can be found when you register for the in-person course. If you do not wish to complete certification using the in-person option, you may complete certification by registering for a virtual course or completing our online only course (no field day required during exemption period).

December 2023