Wisconsin Hunting Laws and Regulations

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

Who is required to complete hunter education in Wisconsin?

According to Wisconsin law, all hunters who were born on or after January 1, 1973, must complete hunter education certification in order to hunt. No one younger than 10 years of age may acquire a hunting license in Wisconsin.

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

Yes, in many cases. In order to buy a license, Wisconsin requires that hunters who were born on or after January 1, 1973, must first complete a course approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and IHEA-USA.

Elsewhere

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

Reciprocity

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

Wisconsin-Approved Hunting Course

The Wisconsin Hunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 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 Wisconsin Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 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 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 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 Wisconsin hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this Wisconsin online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making Wisconsin a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 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 Wisconsin Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions