Official Illinois Hunter Safety Course Online
Take this Illinois–approved course to complete your online hunter safety education.
pay only when you pass, two exam attempts
Get Hunting certified in 3 steps.
Study and pass the $28.95 course.
Finish any other requirements.
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.
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.
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.
As a course provider approved by Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Hunter Ed Course covers everything a new hunter may need to know in order to be safe.Sign Up For Free →
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.
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.
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.
8:30 a.m. to midnight CST Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday & Sunday
Get help seven days a week from professionals like Bill, Diana, Heidi, Laura, Lilibeth, Liz, Marc, Nichole, and Thomas.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Made in the U.S.A.
This safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the U.S.A.
How do I get my Hunter Education Certificate?
1. Study and pass the 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 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.
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Illinois Hunting students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions