Hunter Education Class Requirements
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No one under the age of 14 may hunt big game without completing a Hunter Education course. No one under age 10 may hunt big game in Arizona. While you must be 10 years of age to hunt big game you may complete Hunter Education at the age of 9 however, the Hunter Education completion card and certificate does not become valid until the child’s 10th birthday.
Hunter Education is not required for anyone 14 years of age or older in order to hunt in Arizona. Any individual 9 years of age or older may complete a Hunter Education course offered through Arizona Game and Fish Department. Youth big game hunters need a Hunter Education card to hunt. They do not need a Hunter Education card to apply for the draw, only a hunting license. Youth hunters can purchase a hunting license without having attended Hunter Education. Register now. Hunter Education classes fill up very quickly!
Complete Hunter Education Class in Arizona, One of Two Ways
Hunter Education is not required for anyone 14 years of age or older in order to hunt in Arizona.
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2023-24 youth hunters, Hunter Education deferral continues
While you must be 10 years of age to hunt big game, you may complete hunter education at the age of 9. However, the hunter education completion card and certificate does not become valid until the child’s 10th birthday. Hunter education courses are youth-focused opportunities that cover key information including conservation, fair chase and hunters’ ethics. Classes are offered as in-person, online and Field Day formats.
We have extended the expiration date for all students who completed the online course from October of 2019 through June 2024. After June the 90 day certificate expiration will be enforced.
To ensure youth ages 10 through 13 who have big game tags for upcoming hunts are able to participate in that hunt, AZGFD will allow them to defer completion of the required, in-person portion of Hunter Education for up to one year from the online certification date. To be eligible for the deferment, they must meet the following criteria:
1. The youth hunter is 10 through 13 years of age and has completed the AZGFD online Hunter Education course.
2. The youth hunter has an upcoming big game hunt tag through Spring 2023.
3. The youth hunter will be accompanied by a licensed adult on the hunt.
4. The youth hunter must carry a copy of their online certification (AZ Field Day Qualification Exam Certificate) during the hunt.
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Hunter Education Courses
In Arizona you may take Hunter Education in three formats. Find the class that’s right for you.
Who: Anyone aged 9 and up.
Length: All classroom Hunter Education courses are taught by certified Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Instructors. The instructors determine the location and length of the class. Classroom courses average 24 hours. There are instructor teams offering 16 hours up to 40 hour courses.
online course field day
Who: Anyone aged 9 and up who has successfully completed the Arizona Hunter Education Online Course.
Length: The course is a self-paced program that is completed on the internet. Once a passing score of 80% is obtain on the course examination, a completion certificate may be printed and a field day scheduled.
Field day courses are taught by certified Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Instructors. The instructors determine the location and length of the field day. Field days average 3-5 hours.
bonus point field test
Who: Adults Only. Ages 18 and older, that have successfully completed the Arizona Hunter Education Online Course, and have a minimum of three years hunting experience.
Length: The online course is a self-paced program that is completed on the internet. Once a passing score of 80% is obtained on the course examination a completion certificate may be printed and a field test scheduled.
Field Tests are administered by certified Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Instructors. Students rotate through practical application stations at their pace. The stations are: Live-fire, Matching, Practical Hunt and a written examination. Average completion time is one hour.
Ethically hunting arizona
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has an innovative online course – “Ethically Hunting Arizona” – that provides hunters 18 and older with an opportunity to earn the education lifetime bonus point without completing Arizona’s Hunter Education.”
Who: Anyone aged 18 and up.
Length: The online course is a self-paced program that is completed entirely on the internet.
How: Take the Online Course
*Note: This course does not provide you with Hunter Education certification.
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Classroom courses, online course field day and bonus point field test
Requirements: Preregistration is required for all Hunter Education class formats. While you must be 10 years of age to hunt big game you may complete Hunter Education at the age of 9 however, the Hunter Education completion card and certificate does not become valid until the child’s 10th birthday.
Customer ID – Students will need to provide a Customer ID number. Students should provide this number ONLY on their Hunter Education class registration. This number is required to complete any registration.
Purpose: The purpose of the hunter education program is about more than safety. It is also to develop responsible, knowledgeable and involved hunters who understand the importance of complying with hunting laws and behaving ethically.
Course Content: At a minimum your hunter education course will include the following topics:
- Responsibility, safety, skills
- Funding sources
- Conservation, fair chase, fair share, hunters’ ethics and hunters’ image
- Planning and preparation, maps and compasses, survival skills, coping with extreme weather and basic first aid
- Firearm safety, nomenclature, function, handling and shot-selection
- Wildlife conservation, management and identification
- Marksmanship, rifle and shotgun shooting, hunting strategies, vital shots and care of game
- Arizona hunting laws and regulations and licensing
If you can’t find a Hunter Education class: Our courses are conducted by volunteers. As volunteers are able to conduct courses in your area our website will be updated each Tuesday with new offerings.
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Visit ilostmycard.com – You will need to provide your name and date of birth. If your records cannot be found, call the HE helpline or email our dedicated address at email@example.com
My point is not reflected in my portal account
My point isn’t reflected on my portal account: If it has been more than two weeks since completing Ethically Hunting Arizona or a month since graduating from Hunter Education, reach out to the Hunter Education staff with your name, date of birth and completion date at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-236-7235.
Hunter ed certification from another state
Will Arizona accept Hunter Education certification from another state? Yes, but it is not accepted for a bonus point.
I’m going hunting in another state that requires Hunter Education: Only Arizona Hunter Education courses will get you the necessary certification. Arizona Hunter Education requires an in person component. All states accept all other states Hunter Education certifications. If you have Hunter Education from any state it will be accepted.
I am under 14, and was drawn for a big game hunt
I am under the age of 14 and I was successfully drawn for a big game hunt: You must graduate from Hunter Education to participate in your hunt. For Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 hunts, AZGFD will allow students to defer completion of the required, in-person field portion of Hunter Education. To be compliant the youth must carry a copy of his or her online certificate (AZ Field Day Qualification Exam Certification) and be accompanied by a licensed adult on the hunt.
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Arizona’s Hunter Education program strives to create a collaborative environment for volunteers, staff and partners to develop the best program for our customers. We believe in our program mission that: Through a quality educational experience we can develop/teach present and future hunters to be safe, ethical and responsible that will carry on the hunting heritage for future generations.
Education through AZGFD
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The goal of the AZGFD education program is to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the state’s wildlife resources by using wildlife as a context for learning.
hunter education for bonus points
Classroom and online instruction, and field days for hunter education. Online “Ethically Hunting Arizona” class allows hunters to earn a lifetime bonus point.