• All first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 are required to take and pass a hunter safety course. You will not be able to purchase a base license (other than an apprentice license) unless you can prove successful completion of a hunter safety course.

    Hunter education courses teach new hunters responsibility, ethics, firearm safety, wildlife conservation and wildlife identification, game care, survival and first aid.

  • Online hunter education safety course (plus in-person field day)

    Hunter education is currently available as an online course. After successfully completing an online course, a student is required to attend the in-person field day to receive their hunter education safety certificate. 

  • Traditional classroom hunter education safety course

    Traditional classroom hunter education classes are typically held at outdoor clubs, schools, police stations, and camps. The typical hunter education course consists of two to five sessions with a total class time of 10-12 hours.

  • Take-home study hunter education safety course (plus in-person field day)

    Hunter education is currently available as a take-home study course. To register for a home-study course:

    1. Search for a take-home study course at https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/recnsearch/
    2. Register for the take-home course you would like to complete.
    3. Once you have registered for the take-home study course, you will receive instructions from an instructor on how to obtain your materials.
    4. After completing the take-home study materials, you will be required to attend the in-person field day.
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