Hunter Education Classroom Course


Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

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Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license.

Typically there is no charge for the course, unless lunch is furnished or room rental is required. If a charge is required for the items mentioned previously, the class will indicate the amount to be charged in the special instructions section prior to completing the class registration process. All charges must be paid upon arrival to the class in the form of cash or check.

About the Class

Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Conservation Officers.

Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions (days) and pass the final exam.

Age-Related Information

We do not prevent attendance based on age; however:

  • Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during every session.
  • A person who is 11 years old or older may enroll in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course shall be issued a certificate which becomes valid on that person's 12th birthday.

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COVID-19 Hunter Education Update (As of 08.01.20).

We know you are very excited to begin your journey to become an avid hunter in Iowa and we are excited to help you achieve your dream!

Safety is our top priority--for you and for our instructors. We want everyone to be safe and healthy. Many of our classes and field days are taught by volunteer instructors. Because they so graciously dedicate several hours of their time volunteering to teach these courses, we are allowing them to decide whether they feel comfortable with the current conditions to hold classes and field days. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but we thank you for your patience and understanding of this decision as we all work together during these uncertain times with COVID-19.

We have started to repost classes and field days for later this summer and fall as we are able to identify instructors and facilities comfortable with offering these in-person opportunities with COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. To sign up for an in-person Hunter’s Education course you can view available classes below. If you are 18 and older, you can always take the online version of the Hunter’s Education course by visiting:

Due to the potential cancellations of in-person hunter education courses, and if you are not able to find another course that fits your schedule, we don’t want you to miss out on the upcoming hunting seasons this fall, so here are some recommendations:

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter education course online. You can access the online course here.

Additional Hunter Education Self-Study Resources to check out while you wait for classes or field days to resume:

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