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.
While traditional hunter education classes and field days are on hold, young hunters should continue to prepare for the upcoming fall season by applying for a tag, and working on their hunter education requirements. Our suggestions for young fall hunters:
To request a workbook, email us at Students must apply for an ODFW certificate by mailing a completed workbook to ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97302 – Hunter Education.
NOTE: When you send in your workbook, please be sure to include on the inside front cover the student's name, mailing address, phone number and parent's mailing address so we can mail you your certificate. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your certificate to arrive from ODFW.
Students will still need to complete a field day to receive their permanent hunter education certification.
2. As restrictions ease, look for field days and classes to open up. Hunter education staff and volunteers are gearing up to offer as many field days and classes throughout the state as they can, as quickly as they can. As classes and field days are set up, they’ll be posted .
3. Apply for your fall hunt now. It’s not required to have completed hunter education in order to buy a license or apply for a tag, so complete the online class or workbook now. If you can’t complete your field day by your fall hunt, you can still go. ODFW has passed a temporary rule in effect Aug. 1, 2020 that allows youth to hunt during 2020 hunts even if they didn't complete the field day. These hunters need to be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older during their hunt.
Students must complete and pass the online or workbook portion and have in possession proof of completion while hunting.
4. This exception is only temporary. You will still need to complete a field day to receive your hunter education certification. This certification will be required to hunt in future years.
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.
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).
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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