Hunter Education

Hunter Ed Activities

In-Person Courses

In-person hunter, bowhunter, and trapper education courses are now available on a limited basis. All instructors are volunteers and may not be ready to teach courses yet. Specific COVID guidelines MUST be followed by students at all times during classes including:

  • Students must bring their own mask and wear it during the class;
  • Students must maintain physical distancing during the class, unless students have been quarantining together; 
  • All students must register for the class (if a parent/guardian wants to attend with their child, the parent MUST register);
  • Students must bring their own water/food;
  • In-person classes will be limited to 25 students or 50% of the location capacity.

View and Register for In-Person/HomeStudy Firearm, Bowhunter, or Trapper Education courses

Hunter Education Online Certification

Online only certification for hunter education is now available and free for Vermont residents. There is a minimum age requirement of 12 years for online-only hunter education course, bowhunter education course and trapper education correspondence course. In-person courses are open to Vermonters of all ages, but are administered at a 6th grade reading level. 

Students will be e-mailed their certification card immediately upon completion of the online course.  After that they will be eligible to purchase a hunting license in Vermont or any of the 50 US states, Canada, and Mexico. If students would like their orange card in addition, or if a replacement card is needed, students may contact the Vermont Hunter Education Program at HunterEducation@vermont.gov.

Trapper Education

An online only option for Trapper Education is now available. If you are interested in obtaining your trapper education certification, please e-mail HunterEducation@vermont.gov with the subject “Trapper Education Correspondence Course.” The material will be e-mailed to you. If you prefer a paper option, that is also available.

There is a minimum age requirement of 12 years for online-only hunter education course, bowhunter education course and trapper education correspondence course. In-person courses are open to Vermonters of all ages, but are administered at a 6th grade reading level. 

Bowhunter Education

An online-only bowhunter education course to obtain a bowhunter certification is now available. Hunter Education Certification and Bow Hunter Education Certification are both required to purchase a valid Vermont Bow Hunting License.

There is a minimum age requirement of 12 years for online-only hunter education course, bowhunter education course and trapper education correspondence course. In-person courses are open to Vermonters of all ages, but are administered at a 6th grade reading level. 

Students will be e-mailed their certification card immediately upon completion of the online course. After that they will be eligible to purchase a hunting license in Vermont. If students would like their physical yellow card in addition, or if a replacement card is needed, students may contact the Vermont Hunter Education Program at HunterEducation@vermont.gov.

Exemptions

Requests for exemptions to the age requirement for online classes should be made directly to the Hunter Education Program by calling (802) 828-1193 or emailing HunterEducation@vermont.gov. Exemptions will be considered for those youth age 12 and under that are immuno-compromised or are otherwise unable to attend in-person classes.


Use the links below to replace your hunter ed card, learn how to become an instructor, and more.

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Replace Your Orange Hunter Ed Card

Lost your orange card? Search our database and print a new hunter education card.

 

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Bowhunter Safety Resources

Check out this page for safety tips and information on Vermont's hunting regulations to learn more about being a well-rounded bowhunter.

 

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Become a Certified Instructor

Vermont’s Hunter Education Program is always looking for volunteer instructors to teach hunting, bowhunting or trapping education. Learn what it takes to become an instructor.

 

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Instructor Resources

Already an Instructor? Check out this page to schedule a class, find training aids and get exclusive deals for being a volunteer instructor.

 

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Hunter Ed FAQs

Get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Hunter Ed.

 

Contact Us for More Information

Vermont Hunter Education Program
Email: HunterEducation@vermont.gov
Phone: 802-828-1193

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building
Montpelier VT  05620-3208

 

Contact Us

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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