Hunter education

Take a Hunter Education course or field day

Hunter education is required for all hunters 18 and under, and is required for adult hunters in many popular, nearby states. Students may learn in a traditional class setting, work through a workbook at their own pace, or take the class online.

Hunter Education 

Hunter education is required for any hunter under age 18 in Oregon (unless they are hunting on land owned by their parents or legal guardian or are participating in the Mentored Youth Hunter Program).

It’s recommended for adults new to hunting, too, or as a refresher for veteran hunters. The class gives a thorough introduction to the skills hunters need, covering topics like: firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife identification, hunt preparation and techniques, and outdoor survival.

The class takes 14-16 hours and requires a $10 application fee. All youth students are required to participate in a live-fire exercise (students who take the workbook or online option do this by registering & participating in a field day).

Three ways to take a Hunter Education class

  • In a classroom. To view classes, visit License Sales Classes page  / Hunter Ed Class tab.
  • Online using one of four approved courses (estimated time six hours plus required field day* for youth). 
  • By workbook (estimated time six hours plus required field day* for youth). Send an email to to request a workbook.

*To sign up for the required field day, see License Sales Classes page / Hunter Ed Field Day tab.

Student evaluation

  • A written test consisting of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions (passing grade 80 percent)
  • A practical test of safe firearms handling
  • An evaluation of the student's attitude and sense of responsibility as demonstrated throughout the class

Many parents choose to go through the course with their child, which is encouraged. Parents who participate and pass the test will receive their certificate as well. Even parents who choose not to take the tests usually find the course both informative and enjoyable.

There is no minimum age to attend a course, but children under age 11 often have a difficult time with the material. Younger students may also lack the upper body strength necessary to handle a firearm safely and control the muzzle when performing loading and unloading drills.

Students taking the online course and passing the online test receive an official Oregon Field Day Qualifier Certificate, a prerequisite for attending an independent-study field day. Upon successfully meeting all hunting safety course requirements, the student will receive an official Certificate of Completion.

Please note that youth may apply for a controlled hunt before they complete hunter education, but must pass hunter education before actually hunting on their own tag or validation.

Class cancellation policy

ODFW does not refund class fees. However, we do have a credit system:

  • Cancel less than 2 weeks from first class = No Credit.
  • Cancel more than 2 weeks from first class = 1 time class credit good for 1 year that can be redeemed when student registers for another hunter education class. Any subsequent cancellations will not be issued a credit.
  • Cancellations and the issuing and use of credits must be done through the hunter education program by calling 503-947-6028.

Please make every effort to attend the class that you have signed up for.

A hint of what you'll learn


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.

Header photo by Jason Bader

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