Who is required to have Hunter Education? To buy a hunting license, all hunters must show proof that they have completed a hunter education course if they were born on or after January 1, 1975, unless they have held a hunting license from Idaho or another state.
Hunter education, bowhunter education and trapper education programs are not just for youth and not just for hunters. These programs are for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in conservation. Classroom courses and all Field Days are taught by certified volunteer instructors and are offered at locations statewide.
All hunter education courses include an outdoor field day that requires students to demonstrate safe firearm handling exercises with non-fire training guns. Live fire exercises are not a requirement to certify in hunter education.
Instructor-led Course A classroom course recommended for youth 9 to 14 years of age or anyone new to hunting. Learn more . . .
Workbook Course A self-paced, non-computer course option; requires a an "outdoor" Field Day. Learn more . . .
Bowhunter Education Program
Who is required to have Bowhunter Education? To buy an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect.
Bowhunter Instructor-led Course A classroom course recommended for youth ages 9 to 14 or anyone new to bowhunting. Learn more . . .
Going Hunting in the Fall? It is highly recommended to sign up for a course early in the year. After June 30, the availability of Hunter and Bowhunter Education Courses and Field Days becomes very limited.
Idaho Fish & Game strongly encourages wearing hunter orange as a voluntary safety measure. See the Hunter Orange Policy. - [PDF, 16 kb]
Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game hunter education coordinators at regional offices or the State Hunter Education Coordinators office at 208-334-3746. Please allow a minimum of 30 days advanced notice for the Department to arrange a course and requested accommodations. Individuals can connect with the Idaho Relay Service or TDD at 1-800-368-6185.