Hunter Education In Alabama
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Alabama’s hunter education program helps keep hunting safe and enjoyable. The program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting, and wildlife conservation that help to secure our hunting heritage. If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved hunter education program before being eligible to hunt (see exceptions below)* Alabama has two hunter education options: a traditional course with a written test or a CD-ROM/Internet-based course followed by a field day to test hunter safety skills. Don't wait, start today!
TRADITIONAL HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE
The traditional hunter education course is a minimum 10 hours of instruction plus a written examination. The course is taught by Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries personnel and volunteer instructors to participants 10 years of age and older and is offered free of charge. The course includes but is not limited to firearms safety and handling, responsible hunting and hunter ethics, wildlife laws, wildlife management and identification, archery, muzzleloading, first aid, survival, and game care.
INTERNET OR CD-ROM COURSE
An alternative to the traditional hunter education course includes a two-part program. First the student must complete an online or CD-ROM course and then attend a field day and demonstrate skills such as loading and unloading different types of firearms, safely crossing fences, and other activities that all safe, responsible hunters should be able to complete. Students must complete another test at the field day. For a complete list of traditional and hunter education cd/internet course field days click here.
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HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES TO GET STARTED
Important: Before attending the field day print the final report generated by the CD or internet course bring it with you to the event. Notarization of the report is not required.
WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE COURSE
Students who successfully complete the Alabama Hunter Education Program through one of the aforementioned processes will obtain a hunter education certification card that is recognized by all 50 states and Canadian provinces where proof of hunter education is required to purchase a hunting license. For hunter education requirements in other state and Canadian provinces click here.
WHICH COURSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The CD-ROM course is recommended if your household only has dial-up Internet access. The online hunter education courses work well with high speed internet access. The Hunter education CD-ROM is available from the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). Contact the Montgomery headquarters or any of the district offices to request a copy.
The Alabama Wildlife Heritage Act of 2007 provides a mentor provision for hunter education. Now, hunting license buyers have the option to hunt under the "supervision required" status in lieu of passing the hunter education course. However, successful completion of an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised hunting license buyers. Hunters under supervision MUST be under normal voice control, not to exceed 30 feet away from a properly licensed hunter 21 years of age or older. Under no circumstances shall the supervising person be the holder of a "supervision required" license.
Law enforcement officers employed in Alabama and certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOST), active duty U.S. Military personnel, and Alabama residents who are active members of the U.S. National Guard are also exempt from the hunter education requirement.
Please call the hunter education office at 1-800-245-2740 or email Hunter Education Coordinator Marisa Lee Futral if you have additional questions or require more information.