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Official Illinois Hunter Safety Course

Take this Illinois–approved course to complete your online hunter safety education.

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Do you need Illinois Hunting education?

If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, you need this certification to purchase a valid hunting license in Illinois.

Get hunter certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $28.95 online course.

  2. Finish any other requirements.

  3. Get ready to go hunting!

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Requirements

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

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

After This Course

If you are under 18 years of age when you REGISTER for this course, you must pass this online course and attend the Field Day to complete your hunting safety certification.


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What to Expect From Hunter Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe hunting practices.

Watch this 73-second sample to see how we put you in the hunter’s camo.

Comprehensive Instruction in Illinois Hunting Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Hunting safety education established by Illinois. Hunter Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Hunting laws and regulations.

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Learn Your Way on Any Device

Hunter Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

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Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

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We’re people, not robots.

Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Hunter Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

9:00 a.m. to midnight EST, seven days a week.

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Katy, Heidi, Josh, Misty, Liz, Allen, and Thomas.

1-800-830-2268 toll-free



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Illinois Approved

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way Springfield, IL 62702-1271 217-782-6302

Made in the U.S.A.

This Illinois hunter safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations in the state of Illinois and worldwide.

How do I get my Illinois Hunter Education Certificate?

1. Study and pass the Illinois Department of Natural Resources–Approved online course.

Study and pass the $28.95 course. Throughout the Illinois Hunter Ed Course, you’ll be tested on what you’ve learned.

2. Complete your age-dependent certification requirements.

If you are 18 years or older, after successfully completing the online course, you’ll immediately print out your proof of online course completion.

If you are under 18 years of age, you’ll immediately print out your proof of online course completion, which you will need to bring with you to the Field Day. You need to locate and sign up for the Field Day. To sign up, go to

Remember: Passing the online course does not guarantee you a spot at the Field Day.

3. Get your Illinois Hunter Education Certificate.

If you are 18 years or older, you’ll print your permanent Hunter Education Certificate after successfully passing the course and paying the fee. If you wish to purchase a plastic wallet card, you may do so once you pass the course.

If you are under 18 years of age, the Hunter Education Certificate will be given to you after you complete the Field Day.

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