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Hunter Education Regs for Your State

I read a thread about a man wanting to take his kids turkey hunting and several suggested taking a hunter education course as an introduction to hunting and that it was required to hunt anyway.

I thought about those in the east who are considering doing a DIY western hunt for the first time and wondered what the rules were for hunter ed were in some of the western states.  What made me think about this is that I didn't need a hunter ed card to hunt in my home state of MD and was surprised that it was required when I got to Kansas for anyone born after July 1, 1957.

So what are the rges for your state?

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This is something that hasn't

This is something that hasn't been brought up that much for nonresidents coming west to hunt.  That along with the amount of hunter orange clothing that must be worn needs to be taken into consideration when you go to buy it.  

Colorado requires on if you were born after January 1, 1949, or a bowhunter education course for archery hunts only and must be carried with you while hunting unless it has been verified and "verified" is printed on the license. 

Utah requires one if you were born after December 31, 1965

Arizona does not require it but if you take their course you obtain a "hunter safety" bonus point on your applications. 

 

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I was grandfathered in when I

I was grandfathered in when I was in Maryland.  I only had to show them my license from the previous year and I was good.  i did get one when I was there because it was needed to hunt on the Aberdeen Proving Grounds military base so I was okay when I came to Kansas but it was a shock to realize that I wasn't grandfathered in when I got there.

I don't have to have the card with me when I hunt WY, but I'd have to have it when I hunt CO based on the info you provided.

Thanks for the info.

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I should of added that if you

I should of added that if you apply for a tag on line there is just a box to check to indicate that you have a hunter safety card, but if you wait until you arrive here in Colorado or Utah you will then need to show the card to the retailer. 

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In Oregon you must take and

In Oregon you must take and have in your possesion a hunter safety card if your 17 or younger, after you turn 18 you dont have to take a coarse or have a card on you. I think every hunter should take a safety coarse regardless of age, but I dont make the rules. I took the coarse when i was 10, I'm gonna have my 2 older kids take it this spring but there still a couple years away from hunting.

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I am not sure of the exact

I am not sure of the exact regulations here in CA, but I do know that it is similar in that you have to be born before a certain date to be exempt from the Hunter's Safety requirement.  If you are born after that date, you need to take the 10 hour class.  Then, for small game, you can hunt sooner, but you need to be 12 years old to hunt big game.

In Vermont, it's actually pretty easy for an out of stater.  You just need to provide a Hunter's Safety card, or if not, just a past Vermont hunting license or a license from another state.  I could walk in with a California hunting license, and they would sell me one there.  I think they assume that in most states you need the safety course.

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 Nebraska-All firearm or

 Nebraska-All firearm or crossbow hunters age 12 through age 29 must have completed a firearm hunter education course to hunt anything with a firearm or crossbow AND you must carry some form of proof showing you have completed the required course on your person while hunting. Nebraska issues a paper Certificate of Completion to those who complete the course. If you have already taken a hunter education course in another state or country generally we will honor that Certificate of Completion here.

Nebraska-All archery (Bow and Arrow) hunters of deer, antelope, elk or mountain sheep age 12 through age 29 must have completed a bowhunter education course AND you must carry some form of proof showing you have completed the required course on your person while hunting

deer, antelope, elk and mountain sheep. Nebraska issues a paper Certificate of Completion to those who complete the course.

If you already have taken a bowhunter education course some where else generally we will honor that Certificate of Completion here. IMPORTANT NOTICE- Those states and provinces that include bowhunting as a part of their Hunter Education Course will not meet the requirements for bowhunting in Nebraska. Be aware, we honor only a separate bowhunter education course and your proof must clearly state it is a BOWHUNTER EDUCATION COURSE.

Alabama-Anyone born on or after Aug. 1, 1977 must complete a hunter education course prior to purchasing a hunting license.

Alaska-Currently there are two areas where hunter education is mandatory. Contact the state program for further information.

Arizona-10-14 who hunt big game.

Arkansas-Persons born on or after Dec. 31, 1968 must complete an approved Hunter Ed. training course unless supervised by an adult.

California-First-time license buyers must complete hunter education safety course.

Colorado-Persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1949 must complete a certified hunter education course and have certificate on his or her person while hunting.

Connecticut-First time resident license buyers and those who have not purchased a new license in the past five years.

Delaware-Mandatory for persons born after Jan. 1, 1967.

Florida-Mandatory for persons born on or after June 1, 1975.

Georgia-Persons born on after Jan. 1, 1961 must complete a hunter safety course prior to acquiring a license.

Hawaii-Hunter education is mandatory for those born after Dec. 31, 1971 or first time hunters born before Jan. 1, 1972.

Idaho-Hunter Education: anyone born after Jan. 1, 1975 Bowhunter Education: any first-time archery permit purchaser.

Illinios-Mandatory for anyone born on after Jan. 1, 1980.

Indiana-All hunters born after 12/31/86 must complete hunter education course to purchase license.

Iowa-Persons born after Jan. 1, 1967 and min. 12 years must complete a hunter safety and ethics course before purchasing a license.

Kansas-Born on or after 7/1/57 must complete certified hunter education course to purchase a license.

Kentucky-Born 1/1/75 must have card in the field (not to purchase). Under age 10 , and license exempt are exempt from Hunter Ed.

Louisana-Born or after Sept. 1, 1969 must complete certified hunter ed. course. Under 16 years may hunt under adult supervision.

Maine-All first-time hunters must take hunter safety course before obtaining a hunting license.

Maryland-Persons must produce a certificate of competency or a hunting license issued prior to 7/1/77 to obtain a hunting license.

Massachusetts-Mandatory beginning July 1, 1996. Minors 15-17 years of age with written approval of parent or guardian may take firearms course.

Michigan-First-time hunters born after Jan. 1, 1960 must complete a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license.

Montana-The requirement for Hunter Education in Montana is...anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 must have successfully completed hunter education and present their certificate of completion at the time they purchase or apply for their hunting license. So basically anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 must have completed hunter education. We do accept hunter ed certificates from any state or Canadian province.

Texas-Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 9 years and cost is $15.

I dont know if this helps but thats what i found out

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Hunter education

Alaska requires hunter ed for those born after Jan1 1986 ,and wish to hunt in units7,13,14,15,and 20.also in the Mendenhall Wetlands state game refuge unit 1C,.Also there are requirements for all hunts that have weapon restrictios (archery,muzzle loader, shotgun) these hunt require weapons certification to take part.Also required in parts of the state is a bear baiting cert.In short if you plan on hunting Alaska be sure to read the regulations CAREFULLY.

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