Hunter Education Course

The NY Hunter Education course (Hunter Safety course) is required to purchase a hunting license in New York. The course covers the necessary safety techniques and responsibilities that a hunter must know when using a gun, muzzleloader, crossbow or bow to pursue wild game.

In-Person, Instructor-Led Hunter Educa​tion Course

You must register for in-person, instructor-led courses. Check back often as new courses are added each week. Most courses are offered between March and September.

*Do not wait until just before the hunting season to take a class. Classes fill quickly, so it is important to sign up early.

All In-Person Hunter Education Courses require:

1. The completion of homework prior to attending an in-person course. Proof of completed homework must be brought to the in-person course. The homework can take several hours to complete.

2. Participation in an in-person course that is a minimum of 7 hours in length. These courses may be scheduled for one full day or split up into several shorter time frames over several days.

Register for an In-Person, Instructor-Led, Hunter Education Course

Register for a Hunter Education Course (leaves Escarpment Arms website). You must attend the entire in-person instruction portion of the course on the date(s) and at the location indicated on the course schedule listing.

Homework and Study Materials

Choose one of the following ways to obtain the study materials and complete the required homework. You must bring the completed homework with you to an in-person course.

Note: If you completed the online hunter education course, you should bring your certificate to the in-person course as proof of completion of homework. No additional homework is needed.

Download/Print
*Requires a printer and Adobe Reader Free Software
Hard Copy
*Requires travel or time to mail
Follow the links below to download PDFs of the Today’s Hunter Manual and worksheet. You must print and complete the Hunter Education Homework Worksheet.

Download Today’s Hunter Manual (leaves Escarpment Arms website)

Print the Hunter Education Homework Worksheet (leaves Escarpment Arms website)

You must bring the completed homework worksheet to your in-person course.

The Today’s Hunter Manual and Hunter Education Homework Worksheet can be picked up at most DEC Wildlife offices or may be available for pick up at other locations as specified in the instructions given when you register for a course.

Due to COVID, most DEC offices are closed to the public. Call the office if you need to pick up course materials. Find a DEC Wildlife Office near you.

You can also request a hard copy be mailed to you by calling
1-888-486-8332.

You must bring the completed homework worksheet to your in-person course.

General Course Details and Requirements

Course Topics Covered

  • Firearm and crossbow handling and safety techniques
  • History of firearms
  • Knowledge of firearms and ammunition
  • Proper gun handling and storage
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • Hunting laws and regulations
  • Principles of wildlife management and wildlife identification
  • Outdoor safety
  • Hunter ethics
  • Hunter responsibility toward wildlife, the environment, landowners, and the general public

Age Restrictions/Requirements

Students must be 11 years or older to take this course (Note: In New York State the minimum age to hunt is 12-years old).

Students under 16 years old must have a signed permission slip (PDF) from a parent or legal guardian to allow for the handling and shooting of a firearm during this course.

Course Length and Times: Minimum of 7 hours.

Our 2023 Class Schedule:

March 4, 2023 9AM-5PM

May 6, 2023 9AM-5PM

July 1, 2023 9AM-5PM

September 2, 2023 9AM-5PM

All course information is directly from the NYS DEC Website