California Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for California.

Do you need California Hunting education?

California

You need education if you are a first-time hunter who will be buying a hunting license in California or you do not have a hunting license from another state or province issued within the last two years.

There is no minimum age requirement to take the California Course.

You do not have to be a resident of California to take this online course.

Elsewhere

Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Why Hunting Safety Education Is Important

Since states have begun requiring hunter education, over the last 30 years hunting incidents have drastically decreased, while the number of hunters has increased. Today, hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities you can enjoy.

Reciprocity

All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, California will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions California Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions