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Official Illinois Hunter Safety Course

Take this Illinois–approved course to complete your online hunter safety education. Hunter-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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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.

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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Illinois Approved

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

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 https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Pages/OnlineSelfStudyCourse.aspx.

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 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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Illinois Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Illinois Hunter Ed Course cost?

The Illinois Hunter Ed Course fee is $28.95.

Taking the Course

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.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

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

Do I have to be a resident to take the Illinois Hunter Ed Course?

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

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Illinois Hunter Ed Course approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources?

The Illinois Hunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Is my Illinois Hunter Education Certificate accepted elsewhere?

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

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Final Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the Final Exam to pass. You have 2 attempts to pass the Final Exam. If you do not pass the exam in the 2 attempts given, you will be required to repeat the entire course. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Illinois Hunter Ed Course course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print your proof of online completion and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to bring this document with you to your Field Day.

What is the permanent Illinois Hunter Education Certificate?

If you are 18 years or older, the Hunter Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the hunter education requirements and allows you to legally purchase a hunting license in Illinois.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will receive the Hunter Education Certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources after you successfully complete the Field Day.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

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

To replace a lost or destroyed Hunter Education Certificate, hunters age 18 and older can log in to the course and print a new one.

Hunters under 18 years of age, when they registered for the course, who have successfully completed their online course and after attending the Field Day received their Hunter Education Certificate can order a replacement at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Pages/Look-Up-Your-Safety-Certification.aspx.

We’re people, not robots.

Your Hunter Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)