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Online Hunter Safety Course Now Compatible with Mobile Technology
Posted: 09/04/2012
Students who need to complete a hunter safety course to get their hunting license can now take the first step of that training on their smart phone, tablet or laptop at   

The pages at automatically resize according to the device used, from a smart phone to Internet TV. There's no app to download and each page is easy to view and read.

Students can access the course on the Web even if the only way they have to connect to the Internet is via their smart phone.

The training at is state-approved and covers the same material that's taught in the classroom. The new mobile-ready site features realistic illustrations and interactive animations. An optional narration feature is available in many states, allowing students to hear the course in English and Spanish. also has introduced a series of hunter safety videos. The new videos cover topics such as tree stand hunting safety, firearms safety, hunting from a ground blind, effectiveness of blaze orange and more.

Studying at is free. Students who must be certified before buying a hunting license pay a one-time fee, which is due only if they pass the test.

Locating and Signing Up for a Field Day
After passing the online portion of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hunter education course, you will need to locate and sign up for the required field day.

To locate and sign up for a field day in your area, go to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website at

Warning! Passing the online course does not guarantee you a spot at a field day.
Fall classes are filling up fast so to ensure your spot in the hunting field sign up today!