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Hunter Education Courses



The Hunter Education Program offers a variety of classes, both basic and advanced. Some hunter education classes are available in person and online.

Contact Us

Office of Hunter Education
6180 Hay Point Landing Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-735-3600 (Ext. 1)
HunterEducation@delaware.gov

Hunter Education Course Calendar Online Access Hunter Education Waiver

 

Note: Do not bring ammunition or guns to any class. Both will be provided.

Basic Hunter Education
– Live Option
Online Option

Turkey Hunter Education

Trapper Course

Successful Hunting with a Muzzleloader

International Bowhunter Education Program

Handgun Hunting for Deer

Young Waterfowlers Program

Precision Firearms

Basic Hunter Education

Option 1 — Live Class

Sign up for a Traditional Basic Education Course given live at one of DNREC Hunter Education’s classroom locations throughout the state. New hunters learn safety, ethics, firearm types, safe gun handling, marksmanship techniques, specialty hunting techniques, wildlife management, wildlife ID, survival, and more.

Delaware state law requires all basic hunter education students to participate in a live firing experience with a trained firearms instructor in order to successfully complete the course. State insurance rules require all participants in any course which includes live firing to sign a Release From Liability Waiver before taking part in live firing.

All live courses are free. Most are held in late summer and fall. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system or call 302-735-3600 (Ext. 1).

Items needed for class:

  • Eye and ear protection (safety glasses and hearing protection)
  • Dress for the weather (Shooting will take place outside)
  • Bagged lunch (optional)

Students must be at least 10 years old to be certified. Parent must accompany students under 12.

Note: Failure to send in the Liability Form could result in a student not being able to participate in the class.

Please call 302-735-3600 (Ext. 1) with any questions.

Option 2 — Internet Course

Complete your hunter education coursework online with one of three private vendors. All three courses allow you to study and take the exam for free, with a fee due only when you are ready to have the vendor certify your successful completion. The State of Delaware has reviewed and approved these interactive courses but receives no portion of the vendor’s fee.

New hunters learn safety, ethics, firearm types, Delaware laws and regulations, loading/unloading, safe handling and transportation of firearms, field skills involving blinds, boats and tree stands, zones of fire, obstacle crossing, operation of safeties, and shotgun live firing.

Upon your successful completion of the course, the vendor will create a “Field Day Entrance Voucher” authorizing you to take part in the hands-on field day training for internet course graduates, which is required for final hunter education certification by the state. There is no charge for field day training.

After you print out your voucher, go to the Hunter Education Online Access system to sign up for your “Basic Hunter Ed: Field Day for Internet Course Graduates Course.” You must print out your Field Day Entrance Voucher and bring it with you to the field training.

Delaware state law requires all basic hunter education students to participate in a live firing experience with a trained firearms instructor in order to successfully complete the course. State insurance rules require all participants in any course which includes live firing to sign a Release From Liability Waiver before taking part in live firing.

Items needed for class:

  • Eye and ear protection (safety glasses and hearing protection)
  • Dress for the weather (Shooting will take place outside)
  • Bagged lunch (optional)

Students must be at least 10 years old to be certified. Parent must accompany students under 12.

Note: Failure to send in the Liability Form could result in a student not being able to participate in the class.

Mandatory Turkey Hunter Education

In addition to complying with other hunter education requirements, Delaware hunters must successfully complete a mandatory one-day turkey hunter education class before they can apply for a public land turkey hunting permit or legally hunt turkeys in Delaware. Classes are generally held in February or March in all three counties.

Successful completion of the course Mandatory Turkey Education on your Hunter Education Card is required for hunting on private land. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system or call 302-735-3600 (Ext. 1).

Online Options

Delaware also accepts two online turkey courses:

WildTurkeyHuntingCourse.com (Certification fee $39.95)

todayshunter.com/turkey101/ (Certification Fee $29.99)

Note: Upon completion of the online course, students must contact the Hunter Education office at huntereducation@delaware.gov or 302-735-3600 (Ext. 1) to update their account to reflect course completion. Students will be required to submit a copy of their course completion certificate. Please include a phone number where the Hunter Education Office may call, in case there are any questions.

Mandatory Trapper Course

Trapper education is a mandatory prerequisite for purchasing a Delaware trapping license for all persons born on or after January 1, 1978. Class and Field work sessions include trapping history, heritage and ethics, furbearing animals of Delaware, trapping equipment, boating safety, hypothermia, practical water sets, hands-on instruction, how tides affect sets, proper skinning techniques, fur handling and how to market furs. Classes are generally held at the end of November.

To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system or call 302-735-3600 (Ext. 1).

Online Option

Delaware also accepts two online trapper education courses that can be found at TrapperEd.com (Illinois Basic Trapper Education Course and Kansas Furharvester Education Course – No fee).

Note: Upon completion of the online course, students must contact the Hunter Education office at huntereducation@delaware.gov or 302-735-3600 (Ext. 1) to update their account to reflect course completion. Students will be required to submit a copy of their course completion certificate. Please include a phone number where the Hunter Education Office may call, in case there are any questions.

Successful Hunting with a Muzzleloader

Hunting with a single-shot muzzleloader is challenging. Well-honed hunting and superior marksmanship skills are needed in order to effectively harvest game with a single shot. Moving quickly beyond the basics, this course provides information on precision sighting, range and marksmanship technique, trajectory and ballistics.

Stress will be on the latest trends in muzzleoader technology, updated safety information and explanation of new projectiles.

Live firing and a signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system.

International Bowhunter Education Program

Though not a Delaware requirement, this special course is required in many other states and provinces for bowhunters. Participants in this course learn bowhunting methods, game trailing and recovery, field experience, bowhunting safety, reading game signs, safe use of tree stands, calling, field dressing, and more.

Youths under the age of 14 must attend with a responsible adult.

Live firing and a signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system.

Handgun Hunting for Deer

Delaware’s newest method of sport hunting specific for deer season now allows hunting of whitetail deer with certain handguns. This course offers hunting-oriented re-visitation of all essential fundamentals of handgun shooting and sighting in, information and techniques, equipment and safety.

Live firing and a signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system.

Young Waterfowlers Program

Always a favorite, these courses (approximately 20-30 hours) provide youths between the ages of 12– 16 with exposure to the complete waterfowl experience.

Covered in the class is everything from waterfowl ID, biology, blind construction and safety, decoy use, duck calling, camouflage technique, boating safety, bird recovery, laws and regulations, language and tradition, firearms, ammo and equipment . The course includes basic hunter education and finishes with an actual mentored waterfowl hunt. Participants must be hunter education qualified prior to hunting.

Live firing and a signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system.

Precision Firearms

Delaware hunters often hunt large game not only within but also outside of our state boundaries. This course concentrates on the hunting use of precision, deer-legal, scoped long guns and includes rifles, even though their use for hunting is permitted only outside of Delaware. Subjects covered include: shooting fundamentals, equipment, optics, ammunition, transportation of firearms internal, external and terminal ballistics, shot placement, missed shot analysis and safety considerations.

Live firing and a signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation. To sign up, use the Hunter Education Online Access system.




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