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. A minimum age requirement of 12 years for online-only hunter education course, bowhunter education course and trapper education correspondence course becomes effective on October 1. 

Students will receive their online certification card when they complete 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

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  Exemptions will be considered for those youth age 12 and under that are immuno-compromised or are otherwise unable to attend in-person classes.

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 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.

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.

  1. Complete the online homework here:
  2. Sign up for the online course here:
  3. Complete all of the materials in the confirmation e-mail you receive (make sure to check your junk mail for the e-mail)  including:
    • Watch videos
    • Complete a final exam
  4. Certification card will be mailed to you within 2 weeks

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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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
Phone: 802-828-1193

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


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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