• Hunter Education Program


    Overview

    The Hunter Education Program provides free classes taught by volunteer instructors and natural resource police officers. Topics include: gun safety, wildlife management, ethics, survival/first aid, game identification, and how to hunt safely.

    You will enjoy listening to volunteer instructors and natural resource police officers pass on their expertise and hunting experiences, talking with your fellow hunters during class breaks, and getting familiar with the total hunting experience. Extra help is available for those who may need it.

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    Who is required to complete hunter education in West Virginia?

    According to West Virginia law, all hunters who were born on or after January 1, 1975, must complete hunter education certification in order to acquire a hunting license in West Virginia.

    Managed And Approved By:

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

  • Boating Safety Program


    Overview

    The Boating Safety Program offers free classes that cover topics such as life jackets, navigation rules, and preserving a safe marine environment.

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    Do you need West Virginia Boating education?

    You need education if you were born on or after Dec. 31, 1986, and will be operating a motorboat or PWC in West Virginia.

    Age and Operator Restrictions

    Those 12 to 14 years of age may operate a motorboat or PWC only if:

    • They have completed a boating safety education course and...
    • If they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older on board the vessel or the vessel’s motor is 10 hp or less.
    Managed And Approved By:

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources