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Hunter Education

HuntSAFE

HuntSAFE courses are designed for persons age 12 through 15. Persons who are 11 may participate, but will not be issued a Hunter Safety certification card until their 12th birthday, unless the card is clearly marked that the card is not valid until the person's 12th birthday. Adults are also welcome and invited to attend.

Exception: If a student's 12th birthday falls on or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, he/she may be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning Sept. 1 of that year.

HuntSAFE Info

Bowhunter Education

All big game archery licensees 11 through 15 years of age, all first-time archery big game licensees regardless of age, and all archery elk licensees must possess a National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) certificate or certification of completion from a bowhunter education course approved by any state or provincial government.

Bowhunter Education Info

Effectiveness of Blaze Orange:

This short hunter safety video provides tips about how wearing the right amount and kind of blaze orange can keep you safe in the field.

Firearm Safety

  1. Watch the Muzzle: Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  2. Respect: Treat every firearm with the respect.
  3. Keep the safety on until ready to shoot.
  4. Awareness: Be sure of your target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
  5. Know Your Target: Learn the identifying features of the game you hunt.
  6. Backstop: Make sure you have an adequate backstop-don't shoot at a flat hard surface or water.
  7. Prevent accidental discharge: Keep the finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
  8. Check your barrel: Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  9. Ammunition: Carry only the proper ammunition for your firearm.
  10. Unload firearms when not in use: Leave actions open and carry firearms (unloaded) in cases to and from the shooting area.
  11. Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.
  12. Avoid all horseplay with a gun.
  13. Don't run, jump, or climb with a loaded firearm: Unload your firearm before you climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch.
  14. Pull a firearm toward you by the butt, not the muzzle.
  15. Storage: Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely. Store each in secured locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
  16. Be Alert: Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting. Also avoid mind or behavior altering medicines or drugs.