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Ways to take a Hunter Education class

The four options below are designed for self-motivated students with good reading and comprehension skills - just choose one. All four course providers  are approved by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Average study time for each independent study option is approximately 10 hours and for youth requires the successful completion of an additional 6-7 hour field day.

New temporary class and field day guidelines in place for 2020. See below.

Registration for these events is open now! Students will need their own license account to register for the class or field day. Find out how to verify account first or create an account here.

If you don’t see a date or location that works for your schedule, check back regularly– we post new events as soon as we receive new dates and locations. We will be offering a number of classes and field days this summer and fall. You'll find the current list of classes here.

If you register for a field day, remember to bring your completed online certificate to the event.

Please follow these guidelines to help protect the health and safety of participants, volunteers and staff and to follow Oregon Health Authority guidance and the Governor’s Executive Orders.

  • Classes will hold a maximum of 25 students.  Parents and family members -- please wait in the car, or if the facility is large enough, stay back approximately 12 yards from the group. Parents have to be counted in the  class size if they’re “inside” the group. We need to manage that number and spacing to meet public health guidelines and for the students to complete this class. Registration is required ahead of time. Walk in students cannot be accommodated.  
  • Make sure the student’s ODFW license account has a valid phone number and email address so we can communicate about class logistics. Class may be cancelled at anytime due to changing conditions.
  • All instructors will be wearing masks as a part of their safety equipment, just like safety glasses and hearing protection. The masks help protect the health of other participants, volunteers and staff.
  • All students are required to wear a mask. Please bring your own.
  • Do not attend class or field day if you or anyone in your household have recently had an illness with fever or a new cough. If you have a weakened immune system, this might not be a good time to participate in an ODFW event.
  • Do NOT bring firearms or ammo – the Hunter Education program will supply them for use. Safety glasses and hearing protection is also provided.

Thank you all for your cooperation. Following these guidelines will help protect the health and safety of participants, volunteer instructors and ODFW staff.

Register online 

For adults:

  • Adults ages 18 and over can take hunter education online and receive their hunter education certification.
  • Field day is not required.
  • Select an online course below. At the completion of the course the customer will receive a temporary certificate with a valid Hunter Education certificate number. A permanent card will be mailed out.
  • Course providers are third-party companies - please contact their help desk with login and password questions.

For youth:

  • Students must complete an online course and bring proof of completion certificate to a mandatory ODFW field day.
  • Field day instruction includes a review of course topics, Oregon hunting regulations, ethics, conservation, firearm safety field exercises, a live-fire exercise and a 60 question written final exam.
  • PLEASE NOTE: ODFW has written a temporary rule for the 2020 hunting season that if a student completes the online course they may hunt this year without participating in a Field Day. They must carry that proof on their person while hunting.
    • Students will not receive a permanent hunter safety certificate until they participate and pass the field day portion

Online courses:

Below are links to the ODFW-approved online course vendors. Choose one of the courses below to get started and follow the vendors directions to complete the course.

All course descriptions below have been provided by the course providers and do not represent ODFW’s views of the courses. These courses are provided by private vendors and any data that you provide to them is subject only to each company’s privacy commitments. The state’s privacy policy does not protect any information that you may provide to these private vendors.

Hunter - Ed.com

  • Mobile-friendly
  • ODFW chose Today's Hunter in Oregon for its classroom hunting safety course
  • Students can choose to listen to lessons in Spanish as well as English
  • Students can take this course on any device, including smartphones and tablets
  • Pick your online learning style: listen, read or both
  • Exam questions are read aloud, with pictures to trigger your memory - a Hunter-Ed.com exclusive
  • Hundreds of realistic illustrations - you'll feel like you're outdoors
  • Learn exactly how firearms work with detailed animations
  • Cost: $28.95 - paid to Hunter-Ed.com

HunterCourse.com

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Covers 100 percent of required material
  • EXCLUSIVE - Virtual Field Day to get youth prepared for the instructor-led Field Day
  • Includes hundreds of images and interactive animations - more than ANY other online course
  • Every single exam question is accompanied by helpful visual aids
  • Includes bow, shotgun, and rifle shooting ranges
  • Pay only when you pass the course and want to print your Oregon Field Day Voucher
  • Cost: $29.00 - paid to HUNTERcourse

NRAHE.org

NRA logo

  • FREE – To everyone
  • Most comprehensive online hunter education course available anywhere
  • Interactive course design that enhances learning experience
  • Visualy stimulating video
  • Works on phones, tablets and computers
  • Modern, fun, and user friendly
  • Brought to you by the people who invented Hunter Education

Oregon HunterEdCourse.com

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Features Easy Learning System™ that uses photos, narration that matches the printed word, and interactive exercises- a proven method of learning.
  • Detailed animations show you how to load firearms and how they work.
  • If you don't pass, you get your money back.
  • The only course to use photos throughout so what you learn is what you see in the field.
  • Same high quality, ODFW-required hunter safety content as the other courses at almost half the cost.
  • Cost: $13.00 - paid to HunterEdCourse.com

Field Days

  • There is a $10.00 fee for the field day session
  • Field days are taught by volunteer instructors and sometimes may not be available. Click here for a list of upcoming field days. Register early as field days can fill up quickly.
  • Be sure to bring the following forms signed by a guardian (forms will also be available at the event):
  •  Student Release Application
  •  Liability Release
  • There are no refunds or transfers for Hunter Education classes 
  • Adults are welcome to join the field days as well but are not required to do so.
  • Parents/Guardians may stay with their student during field day

How to Register for a Hunter Education Class or Field Day

UPCOMING HUNTER EDUCATION CLASSES AND FIELD DAYS

Hunter education field day classes are taught by volunteer instructors. Class availability close to the hunting seasons may be limited. Consider the Mentor Youth Hunter Program if you can’t finish a hunter safety class before hunting season and are between the ages 9 - 15.

After completing your hunter education class, put your new skills to work at an ODFW hunting workshop. Check the Workshops and Events page for upcoming events.

These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).

Assurances

The Oregon Outdoor Skills Program is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers all persons the opportunity to participate in programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. No individual will be turned away from or otherwise be denied access to or benefit from, any program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to Chief, Public Civil Rights Division, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 

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