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In-Person Courses

In-person hunter, bowhunter, and trapper education courses are available. All instructors are volunteers and hold a class when they can. Not all classes will be currently listed as they are planned about a month in advance, so check back frequently. The busiest month is always September, meaning registration for most courses will open in August. Additionally, each volunteer instructor may not be ready to teach courses yet, which means there may not be a course in your desired discipline near you. Courses will fill up quickly once posted so check back frequently to see if another course has been added. Please do not register for more than one course. This creates a no-show at one and takes that seat from someone else.

Each instructor may have specific COVID-19 guidelines. They will share it with the students if this is the case.

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

Hunter Education Online Certification

Online only certification for Hunter Education is available for Vermont residents age 12 and older. To qualify as a Vermont resident you must have lived in Vermont for at least six months. You must also not be claiming residency in any other state for any purpose. Owning land or a house in Vermont does not qualify you as a Vermont resident.

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 or (802) 828-1193.

Trapper Education

Online only certification for Trapper Education is available for Vermont residents age 12 and older. To qualify as a Vermont resident you must have lived in Vermont for at least six months. You must also not be claiming residency in any other state for any purpose. Owning land or a house in Vermont does not qualify you as a Vermont resident. 

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. 

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.

Bowhunter Education

Online only certification for Bowhunter Education is available for Vermont residents age 12 and older. To qualify as a Vermont resident you must have lived in Vermont for at least six months. You must also not be claiming residency in any other state for any purpose. Owning land or a house in Vermont does not qualify you as a Vermont resident. 

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.

Hunter Education Certification and Bow Hunter Education Certification are both required to purchase a valid Vermont Bow Hunting License.

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.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
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