Michigan's Hunter Education Program

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Hunting is a time-honored Michigan tradition, providing challenging outdoor recreation and helping develop an appreciation for the wilderness, wildlife and a clean environment. Most hunters know that the lasting enjoyment of hunting comes only when it is conducted safely and ethically.

Safe hunting begins with hunter education, which has had a dramatic impact on reducing hunting incidents in Michigan. Hunting is safe and getting safer!

Who Needs Hunter Safety?
Successful completion of this class is required of all first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960. In order to purchase a base license other than an apprentice, you will be required to attest that you have successfully completed a hunter safety course.

The Program
Hunter education courses teach new hunters responsibility, ethics, firearm safety, wildlife conservation and wildlife identification, game care, survival and first aid. Courses are offered year-round throughout the state, though the majority occur in the fall during August, September, and October. The typical hunter education course consists of two to five sessions with a total class time of 10-12 hours. Hunter education classes are typically held in outdoor clubs, schools, police stations and camps. In addition to traditional classroom courses, home-study and online courses -- using a self-paced method followed by a field day of material review and testing -- are also available. Find a hunter education class in your area.

Hunter education is funded through the Federal Pittman-Robertson tax on archery equipment and handguns, and is made possible by a unique partnership between over 2,500 Michigan volunteer hunter education instructors and the DNR Law Enforcement Division. Learn more about becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor .

For more information about hunter education, visit www.michigan.gov/huntereducation.