Got a question? The answers to the questions Iowa hunting students most frequently ask can be found below.

Price and Payment

How much does the online hunter safety course cost? How much does the Hunter Education Certificate cost?
The online course fee is $24.50. There is no charge for the Hunter Education Certificate.
Is it safe to enter my credit card information online?
Yes. You can enter your credit card online with confidence on our secure server. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as “Safety Courses 18008302268.”
Why is there a charge to “Safety Courses 18008302268” on my credit card statement?
This is the charge for your course fee. “Safety Courses 18008302268” is what appears on your card statement.

Taking the Iowa Hunter’s Ed Course

What is the minimum age to take the online course?
You must be at least 11 years of age to take the online course. You must be at least 18 years of age to take the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam.
How long will it take to complete the course?
It typically takes 4-6 hours to go through the online course, excluding quizzes/tests, and any re-studying that you may choose to do.
Do I have to complete the online course all at once?
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days.

Course Authority, Recognition, and State Acceptance

Is this course approved by the state of Iowa?
This course is approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Is my Hunter Education Certificate accepted in other states?
All states and provinces that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept Iowa hunter education certifications. Likewise, Iowa will accept hunter education certifications that are issued by other states and provinces that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Unit Quizzes

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?
You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass. If you fail, you can take the unit quizzes over, but the timer will be reset. You will be required to repeat the unit and take a new unit quiz.

Taking the Iowa Hunter’s Ed Course, if You Are 18 Years of Age or Older

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?
You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass. If you fail, you can take the unit quizzes over, but the timer will be reset. You will be required to repeat the unit and take a new quiz.
What is the minimum age to take the online Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam?
You must be at least 18 years of age to take the online Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam.
What is the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam?
The Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the course. After reviewing all units, you must take and pass the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam covering all the course material. You must score at least 75% on the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam.
What if I fail the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam?
You must score at least 75% on the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam to pass. If you should fail the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam, you may immediately take it again.
Do I have to complete the Iowa Adult Hunter Certification Exam in one session?
No, you can log out without completing the exam. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About the Hunter Education Certificate

What is the Temporary Hunter Education Certificate?
The online course certificate is also your Temporary Hunter Education Certificate. After completing the course by passing and paying the course fee, you may instantly print out an Iowa Temporary Hunter Education Certificate, which is valid for 90 days.
What is the Hunter Education Certificate?
The Hunter Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the hunter education requirements and can purchase a license to legally hunt in the state of Iowa. Your permanent Iowa Hunter Education Certificate will be mailed to you in 2-3 weeks.

Getting the Certificate

When will I receive my permanent hunter education card in the mail?
Your Hunter Education Certificate will be mailed 2–3 weeks after you pass the exam and pay the online course fee.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Cards and Certificates

How do I replace my Hunter Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

If you have already received the Hunter Education Certificate and need a replacement certificate, a duplicate can be issued for a $10 charge if you have taken (and passed) the Iowa Hunter's Ed Course. To obtain a duplicate Iowa Hunter Education Certificate, mail the request with a check for $10 payable to Iowa Hunter Ed to:

Iowa Hunter Ed
14086 Proton Road
Dallas, TX 75244

Be sure to include the student's full name and date of birth in the mailed request for a duplicate card.

You may also phone Customer Service to request the duplicate and pay by credit card. You may reach us by phone at 800-830-2268 (toll-free) or 214-351-0461. We provide support Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight CST and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.

How do I replace my Temporary Hunter Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost or destroyed Temporary Hunter Education Certificate, log in to the course and print a new one.

Taking the Iowa Hunter’s Ed Course, if You Are 11 to 17 Years of Age

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?
You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass. If you fail, you can take the unit quizzes over, but the timer will be reset. You will be required to repeat the unit and take a new quiz.
Do I have to take an online final exam?
You do not have to take an online final exam. You must pass only the unit quizzes. After passing the quizzes and paying for your online course, you must locate and sign up for the required Field Day to complete your Iowa hunter education requirements and receive your Hunter Education Certificate.

About the Field Day Voucher

What is the Field Day Voucher?
The online course certificate is also your Field Day Voucher. After completing the course by passing the quizzes and paying the course fee, you may instantly print out an Iowa Field Day Voucher, which is valid for 365 days. You can print the Field Day Voucher right then, and/or request that a PDF of the voucher be e-mailed to you. This online course certificate will allow you to be admitted to a Field Day provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
What is the Hunter Education Certificate?
The Hunter Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the hunter education requirements and can legally hunt in the state of Iowa. You will receive the Hunter Education Certificate from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at the Field Day after successfully completing the Field Day.

Getting the Hunter Education Certificate

How do I get the hunter education card issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources?
Your Iowa Hunter Education Certificate will be given to you at the Field Day after you complete the in-person component of the hunter certification process.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Certificates and Vouchers

How do I replace my Hunter Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
If you received your permanent Iowa Hunter Education Certificate at the Field Day after successfully completing the in-person component of your hunter education requirements, you must contact the state to get a replacement certificate by calling the Iowa DNR at 1-515-281-5918 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time.
How do I replace my Field Day Voucher if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost or destroyed Field Day Voucher, log in to the course and print a new one.

System Requirements

What are the minimum system requirements to access this course?

The minimum system requirements to take this course are:

  • A computer with Internet access and a current Internet browser
  • A mouse or pointing device
  • Cookies enabled in browser
  • JavaScript enabled in browser

Recommended:

  • A soundcard
  • Speakers or headphones
  • A printer to print your Hunter Education Certificate
Can I access the course on my iPhone or iPad or other mobile device?
Yes, this course and all its hunting safety content is designed to work on any mobile device as well as your desktop computer.

Username and Password

How do I choose a username?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to find a username that has not already been taken by someone else taking the same course.

Try to pick something that is easy to remember but is also unique. One trick is to use a variation of your name that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to associate with your name. For instance, you could use your middle name and spell it backward. Another way to find a unique username that is easy to remember is to compound your name with a favorite hobby, food, TV show, movie, or a character from a movie or TV show.

I need to change my username and/or password. Where do I do this?
If you need to update your profile information or change your password, click on the View Profile link under your username in the navigation bar at the top of any web page in the course. Re-submit your revised information using the form provided.
I forgot my password. How do I reset it?

If you forget your password, you can reset it from the Forgot Your Password? page. You will need to enter your username and the e-mail from your profile, and an e-mail containing the link to reset your password will be sent.

There is also a link to the Forgot Your Password? page on the Log In page for your convenience.

Logging In/Out

Do I have to complete the online course all at once?
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days.
I am afraid to log out of the course, but I don’t have all day to take it. Will I lose everything if I log out?
No, when you log out, your progress is recorded so that when you log in again, you can pick up where you left off. When logging back in, you will be taken to the Course Contents page where you can see the progress you have made. You can click on a link for the last page viewed to go back to that part of the course.
How many times may I log in and out?
You may log in and out as many times as you wish. Your progress is monitored and saved.

Troubleshooting

What does the message “Your session has expired due to inactivity” mean?
If you have not been active within the course for more than 15 minutes, you will automatically be logged out of your session. A notice stating, “Your session has expired due to inactivity.” will appear at the top of the course on a yellow background. Log back in, and you can continue interacting with the course. Your progress will have been recorded, and you should be able to continue where you left off in the course.
What happens if I get disconnected from the Internet while taking the course?
If you are disconnected from the Internet, simply log back in and pick up where you left off. Your progress in the course will be saved.
Why aren’t the animations or videos displaying?
If you are unable to view the animations or videos, make sure that Adobe Flash Player is installed on your system.
I have a question that isn't covered here. How can I contact Hunter Ed?
You may call Hunter Ed at 1-800-830-2268 to speak with a customer service representative, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight CST and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.