West Virginia’s Hunter Safety Education Program

Formal hunter education efforts began in the late 1940s and later expanded nationwide until it is now required almost everywhere, including West Virginia. Since the implementation of education, there has been a tremendous decline in hunting-related incidents across the country.

By completing and passing this West Virginia-approved online hunting license course, you will have satisfied the classroom educational requirement for West Virginia.

Get Safe. Get Certified. It’s the Law!

Who Needs the Certificate?

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1975, must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase a West Virginia hunting license.

Good in Other States

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

Why Hunter Education?

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.

Age Restrictions

Minimum Age There are no minimum age requirements to take the West Virginia Hunter’s Ed Course online.

For More Information

For additional information on hunter education in West Virginia, contact:

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Building 74, 324 Fourth Ave
South Charleston, WV 25303
(304) 558-2758