Illinois Hunting Laws and Regulations

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

Do you need Illinois Hunting education?


You need education if you were born after Jan. 1, 1980, unless you show proof of previously having a valid hunting license in Illinois or any other state.

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.


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.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Illinois 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 Illinois Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions