Virginia Basic Hunter Education Course

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The 6-8 hour Basic Hunter Education Course covers material on hunting safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. This course is usually 6-8 hours in length but students are required to complete the self-study prior to class. Although students do NOT have to prove completion of self-study, the final exam will include material covered in the self-study portion. More information on the 6-8 hour course can be found here.


There is usually no charge for these classes, which are required for 12- to 15-year-old license buyers, as well as for anyone purchasing a hunting license for the first time.

Replacement Cards

Please visit or call 1-800-830-2268 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

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April 2015

  • Apr 26 Sun

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    Basic Hunter Education Course

    Registration Open 32 of 50 seats remaining

    Location & Schedule

    Old Wytheville Community Center Wytheville, VA 24382

    • Sunday, April 26, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm

May 2015

  • May 23 Sat

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    Basic Hunter Education Course

    Full Event with Wait List 0 of 70 seats remaining

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    King George Parks & Recreation King George, VA 22485

    • Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm

June 2015

July 2015

  • Jul 11 Sat

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    Basic Hunter Education Course

    Registration Opens on May 30, 2015

    Location & Schedule

    Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8 Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    • Saturday, July 11, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm