Hunter Education

The Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission provides free hunter education courses throughout the year in every county.  More than a firearm safety course, instruction includes ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

There are no minimum age requirements, however, classes are taught at a sixth grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. Courses are a minimum of 6 hours, taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors, and certification is accepted in every state and province in North America.

Due to hunter education, hunting accidents have decreased by over 50% during the last twenty years making hunting one of the safest recreational activities.

Hunter Education Courses

Free instructor led Hunter Education Courses are taught throughout the year in every county.

Click here to find an instructor led course near you.

If you need any accommodations to attend this program or event, please contact the Wildlife Education Division.


Currently, there are four online hunter education courses (with varying fees) that provide a convenient alternative to the classroom course.  Once you complete an online course, you will need to attend a local, 2-hour review session with proctored exam to complete certification.  Click here to register for a review session near you.


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Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament

Find out more information about the Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament (YHEST).

Learn more about Home from the Hunt, a nationally recognized campaign that encourages everyone to be prepared and be safe during time spent outdoors.

Contact a Hunter Education Specialist