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IOWA OUTDOORS: Upcoming hunter education classes

March 2, 2018
Brett Reece - State Game Warden , Traer Star-Clipper

Hunters who need to satisfy the hunter education requirement before the spring turkey hunting seasons start can now search for and sign up for a course at

At the website prospective students can see which courses or field days are near them; how many seats are available for the class or if the class is full and a waiting list is available. There is also a map showing the location along with the instructor's name, a course overview and any special instructions.

Iowa law requires all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 to satisfactorily complete a hunter education course in order to purchase an Iowa hunting license. A hunting license is required for an Iowa resident when they turn 16. Children as young as 11 may enroll in a hunter education course, but their certificate of completion will not become valid until their 12th birthday.

Each year, around 12,000 students complete hunter education in Iowa.

There is an online only hunter education course for adults designed for Iowa residents 18 years of age or older that have prior hunting and/or firearms handling experience. The adult course covers the same material as the classroom course, allowing the student to complete the entire course, including the final test, in an online setting. Certification is received at the successful completion of the online course.

Hunter education classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam.

For anyone interested in becoming a certified Iowa hunter education instructorthere is a new instructor workshop being held at Rodgers Park near Vinton on March 17, 2018. In order to enroll into this or any other hunter education instructor class a prospective instructor needs to do so at the Iowa DNR website:



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