West Virginia Hunting Laws and Regulations

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

Do you need West Virginia Hunting education?

West Virginia

You need education to purchase a hunting license in West Virginia if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1975.

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

You do not have to be a resident of West Virginia 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 Card. Likewise, West Virginia 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 West Virginia Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions