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.
Individuals born after January 1, 1975 must complete a hunter education course to purchase an Idaho hunting license OR show proof of a previously held valid hunting license in Idaho or another state.
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.
An active, former or retired member of the U.S. armed forces or an active, former or retired peace officer may be exempted from the practical firearm handling and shooting requirement of the Hunter Education Program. See the Hunter Education Live-fire Exemption section on the registration page for more information.
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 or obtain additional information by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game State Hunter Education Coordinator's office at 208-334-3746 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-2529 (TDD).