Ohio Hunter Education

Hunter Education is offered by trained instructors from the ODNR, by a local club and we do post times in our announcement section. These courses are usually held once a year in early Fall.

Hunter & Trapper Education

Our hunter and trapper education programs are designed for every age and ability, and are run by some of Ohio’s best and most knowledgeable hunters and trappers. They’ll help you understand where, and when, it’s legal to go for the game you want.

While hunter education is a vital part of becoming an Ohio hunter, new hunters also have the option of hunting with anapprentice hunting license before taking a hunter education course.

To find a Bowhunter Education Course contact Doug Baxter, Ohio Bowhunter’s Association, Bowhunter Education Chairman at deermagnet1@yahoo.com or (740)-637-1681.

Hunter Education Courses

The Division of Wildlife offers three types of hunter certification courses:

Instructor-Led Course

Instructor-led courses last about 8-12 hours, and take place in a classroom environment. Certified volunteers and Division of Wildlife staff teach the courses. They are specially trained and highly qualified to help you learn.

Though it varies by instructor and location, most classes take place over two days. Study materials will be provided in the class, but you will need to bring a pencil or pen and a highlighter. Your instructor will cover a range of topics, from conservation, safety, and ethics to the proper handling of shotguns, handguns, bowhunting gear, and more. You should not bring firearms or archery equipment to class - all necessary equipment will be provided.

Once you've completed the course work, you will be given a 100-question test which includes a mix of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions. A student must score 80% or higher on the test to pass and obtain certification.

Home-Study Course

If you prefer to work at your own pace, Ohio also offers a home-study version of hunter education. We recommend tackling one chapter at a time, and answering all review questions on the provided answer sheet. Each completed answer sheet will be required for a final classroom session prior to finishing the course.

The final completion session usually lasts 3 to 4 hours, and will be led by a Division of Wildlife employee or certified instructor volunteer. It will include firearm safety training and other topics. Each home study chapter review quiz must be presented at the completion session. Completion sessions include the same 100-question final certification test as the instructor-led course. Be sure to bring a pen or pencil so you can take the test.

Proficiency Testing

Proficiency testing is only for those with previous knowledge of hunting and firearms. Call 1-800-WILDLIFE(945-3543)for more information.