Adults who have prior hunting or firearms handling experience and are looking to satisfy their hunter education requirement to purchase a hunting license will have a new option beginning July 1 – a hunter education course online.
The online course will have the same materials as their classroom counterparts and students will be tested in the same way. The online course will last 7-8 hours, and students will need to pass a quiz at the end of each chapter, plus a final exam.
The course is designed for students age 18 and older with prior hunting or gun handling experience. The classroom course is for students age 11 and older with or without firearm handling experience.
“We will continue to offer our traditional classroom course and online-field day course as options for younger students and encourage the older students will little or no firearms handling or hunting experience to consider that option as well so they can gain some firearms handling experience,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Having the necessary knowledge, skills and experience is critical to a successful hunt.”
If adult students take the course prior to July 1, they will either need to complete a field day or retake the online course after July 1.
The new adult online course is an effort to reduce the barriers to attract new hunters into the field, by allowing them to satisfy the hunter education requirement on their schedule and at their own pace.
For a current listing of hunter education courses, go to www.iowadnr.gov/training