New Hampshire Hunting Laws and Regulations

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

Who is required to complete hunter education in New Hampshire?

According to New Hampshire law, all first-time hunters must complete hunter education certification in order to purchase a hunting license in New Hampshire.

Is completion of a New Hampshire state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?

Yes. In order to buy a license, New Hampshire requires that first-time hunters must complete a course approved by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and IHEA-USA.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.


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

New Hampshire-Approved Hunting Course

The Hunter Ed New Hampshire Course is approved and accepted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This New Hampshire Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department hunter safety mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure New Hampshire hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this New Hampshire online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making New Hampshire a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions New Hampshire Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions