The West Virginia Practical (hands-on) and Written Test

You must pass both the online and Practical (hands-on) and Written Test portions of the Hunting education course in order to complete the West Virginia Hunting education requirements.

Important Practical (hands-on) and Written Test Information

Locating and Signing Up for the Practical (hands-on) and Written Test

After passing the online portion of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Hunting education course, you will need to locate and sign up for the required Practical (hands-on) and Written Test.

Locate and sign up for the Practical (hands-on) and Written Test in your area.

Important! Bring your Practical Exam Voucher to the Practical (hands-on) and Written Test as proof of having completed the online course.

Warning! Passing the online course does not guarantee you a spot at the Practical (hands-on) and Written Test.

What To Expect at the Practical (hands-on) and Written Test

This is 4–6 hours, depending on the amount of students attending and will include:

  • a classroom session
  • outdoor shooting
  • blood trailing
  • demonstrations of tree stand safety
  • survival skills

Most of the classroom topics will pertain to West Virginia-specific regulations and issues that are not covered in this online course. Be sure to have proper clothing for the outdoor sessions.

After attending and passing the Practical (hands-on) and Written Test portion of the Hunting education requirement, you will receive your Hunter Education Card.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions West Virginia Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions