California’s Hunter Safety Education Program

Formal hunter education efforts began in the late 1940s and later expanded nationwide until it is now required almost everywhere, including California. Since the implementation of education, there has been a tremendous decline in hunting-related incidents across the country.

By completing and passing this California-approved online hunting license course, you will have satisfied the classroom educational requirement for California.

Get Safe. Get Certified. It’s the Law!

Who Needs the Certificate?

The State of California requires all new hunters, regardless of age, to successfully complete a hunter education course before they can purchase a hunting license.

Good in Other States

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

Why Hunter Education?

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.

Age Restrictions

Minimum Age There are no minimum age requirements to take the California Hunter’s Ed Course online.

For More Information

For additional information on hunter education in California, contact:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1416 9th Street, Suite 1342-6A
Sacramento, CA 95814