Hunter Education Programs

Learn the skills needed to safely and responsibly enjoy hunting, trapping and bowhunting in Idaho's outdoors.
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Who needs Hunter Education?

Idaho hunters born on or after January 1, 1975, must either:

  • complete a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license, OR
  • show proof of a previously held license in Idaho or another state.

Hunter Education Certification Courses

Bowhunter Education Certification Courses

Note: Some bowhunter opportunities are offered as hunter/bowhunter combination courses.
Who is required to have Bowhunter Education? To buy an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect.

Trapper Education Certification Courses

Note: Trapper Education will be mandatory starting July 1, 2018 for anyone who purchased their first Idaho trapping license on or after July 1, 2011.
Who is required to have Trapper and/or Wolf Trapper Education? Anyone who has not held an Idaho trapping license prior to July 2011 is required to take trapper education before purchasing a license in 2018. Anyone intending to trap wolves must attend wolf trapper education prior to purchasing wolf trapping tags. Therefore, anyone intending to trap wolves that did not hold an Idaho trapping license prior to 2011 is required to take both trapper and wolf-trapper education.

More Courses

  • Outdoor Skills Courses: Specialized classes designed for beginning hunters and anglers. Classes include hands-on training taught by seasoned sportsmen and women. View & Sign up for Outdoor Skills course.