Hunter Education is a mandatory course designed for novice or young hunters, ages 9 years and above.
The course covers the core competencies of a firearm, hunting, and outdoor safety, hunting ethics, hunting responsibilities, and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided and subjects are covered to enable the student to successfully complete the Hunter Education certification process. The Basic Hunter Education Course lasts a maximum of 6 hours of classroom instruction.
Who needs to take Hunter Education?
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete hunter education. The minimum age for certification is 9 years.
If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:
- under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied.
- age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete hunter education, OR you must be accompanied.
- age 17 and over, you must successfully complete hunter education; OR purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral,” and you must be accompanied.
Children must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older) and must not leave the general area of the range. Students are allowed to bring snacks, the range does sell snacks. Students are encouraged to dress for the occasion (camo, safety orange etc.) Time and weather permits we will be going to the field to do a part of the course. Pre-registration is required and EACH student must use an individual email address.
Students must pass the written exam and get at least 75% correct to pass.
Upon successful completion, you will receive a temporary card. Your instructor will send in the originals for processing. You may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your temporary certification card. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be mailed out within a short period of time.
****NO FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED DURING THIS COURSE*****
$5.00 will be donated to TPWD