Hunter Education

Hunter Education
Hunter Education Courses
For information on a Hunter Safety Course or a duplicate card you may contact an Education Coordinator in your area. For a list of classes in your area or any questions call the Baton Rouge office of The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at (225) 765-2932.
What is Hunter education?
Hunter Education is one of four Education programs offered to the public by the information and Education Division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The major objectives of the Hunter Education programs are:
Reduce the number of hunting accidents.
Improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct.
Promote the shooting sports.
Who can participate?
Anyone 10years of age or older can participate in the 10 hour basic student course. This course requires classroom attendance, passing a written test with a score of 75% or better, and completing a live fire exercise.
Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Louisiana Hunter Education Certification Card that is recognized by all other states.
How much does the course cost?
The Hunter Education course is FREE.
Funding for the Hunter Education program is through the Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. This Act places a federal excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment. Each state receives an apportionment through a federal aid grant on a 75 percent federal/25 percent match.
What is the curriculum?
Major subjects are:
ethics and responsibility
wildlife management
firearms and ammunition
safety in the field
wildlife identification
wildlife conservation

Who is required to take the hunter education course?
Act 149 of the 1984 Louisiana Legislature enacted a mandatory education requirement for anyone born on or after September 1, 1969. All young hunters must successfully complete the course prior to purchasing a hunting license.

Older hunters who plan to hunt out of state should check the state regulation where they plan to hunt. All 50 states now require some form of mandatory hunter education certification prior to issuing a license.

Who teaches hunter education courses?
Courses are taught by Hunter Education staff and volunteer instructors. The majority of courses are taught by volunteers recruited from schools, law enforcement agencies, sportsmen's groups, and many other conservation-minded organizations.

Where are the hunter education courses offered?
More than 600 courses are taught throughout the state yearly.