Monday, May 20, 2024

Time is running out to complete hunter education


OLYMPIA – With the first fall big game hunting season now underway, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds hunters that time is running out to complete mandatory hunter education courses.   “If you haven’t already completed your hunter education course, don’t delay!” said Dave Whipple, WDFW hunter education section manager. “Our fall course offerings fill quickly with people trying to certify before their chosen hunting seasons.”

The Department offers fully in-person hunter education courses as well as hybrid courses that combine online and in-person learning. The traditional classroom course, which is typically taught over multiple evenings and includes a field portion, is highly recommended for students seeking a valuable classroom experience. The hybrid course combines successful completion of an online course followed by a field skills evaluation where students receive hands-on training and evaluation by certified instructors. WDFW discontinued its fully remote hunter education courses earlier this year.

Per Washington state law, all hunters born after January 1, 1972 must complete a hunter education course in order to buy a hunting license. A hunter education deferral is available for hunters 10 years of age and older who want to try hunting with an eligible licensed hunter before completing a hunter education course themselves. WDFW encourages potential applicants to check the deferral program requirements before applying.

To learn about hunter education and find an upcoming course near you, please visit the WDFW hunter education website.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.





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