Hunter Education

Instilling the Knowledge and Skills Necessary for a Safe and Ethical Hunt

To become a licensed hunter in New Hampshire, you must complete a Hunter Education course. Hunter Education is required for new hunters to purchase their first hunting or archery license. Classes are open to New Hampshire residents and non-residents.

Hunter Education covers safe firearms handling, archery equipment, wildlife management principles, map and compass skills, New Hampshire game laws, and more. NH Fish and Game offers two types of Hunter Education courses:

In-Person Hunter Ed

Courses take place in-person and include the following. Must be 12 years old by the last day of the course.

  • Classroom lessons with certified volunteer instructors
  • Multiple-choice written exam (80% or better to pass)
  • Field day assessment and practical exam

Online Hunter Ed with Mandatory In-Person Field Day

Online courses include remote learning with an in-person field day. Must be 12 years old to take this class.

  • Self-paced online course
  • Chapter quizzes
  • Multiple-choice written exam 
  • Field day assessment and practical exam (in-person required)
  • $29.00 fee
  • click here to view currently available field days.  A separate link to register will be provided once you complete the online course

Owl Brook Hunter Ed Center

Dedicated to educating people in the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state's natural resources.

Trapper Education

Trapper Education teaches participants how to be safe, responsible and ethical while trapping furbearing animals. Courses are offered April through September.

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Wildlife & Sportfish Restoration Program

Wildlife & Sportfish Restoration Program

Your purchase of fishing tackle, firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and motorboat fuels, along with license sales, helps fund sport fish and wildlife restoration in New Hampshire. This provides opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-associated recreation