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Iowa Hunter Education Program

COVID-19 Hunter Education Update, 7/14/2020

We know you are very excited to begin your journey to become an avid hunter in Iowa and we are excited to help you achieve your dream!

Safety is our top priority--for you and for our instructors. We want everyone to be safe and healthy.  Many of our classes and field days are taught by volunteer instructors.  Because they so graciously dedicate several hours of their time volunteering to teach these courses, we are allowing them to decide whether they feel comfortable with the current conditions to hold classes and field days.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but we thank you for your patience and understanding of this decision as we all work together during these uncertain times with COVID-19.

We have started to repost classes and field days for later this summer and fall as we are able to identify instructors and facilities comfortable with offering these in-person opportunities with COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. To sign up for an in-person Hunter’s Education course you can visit: http://register-ed.com/programs/iowa. If you are 18 and older, you can always take the online version of the Hunter’s Education course by visiting: http://www.hunter-ed.com/iowa/.

Due to the potential cancellations of in-person hunter education courses, and if you are not able to find another course that fits your schedule, we don’t want you to miss out on the upcoming hunting seasons this fall, so here are some recommendations:

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online.

Additional Hunter Education Self-Study Resources to check out while you wait for classes or field days to resume:

If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Wisecup, DNR Hunter Education Administrator at Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov.


Thank you for your dedication, passion and interest in Iowa’s wildlife and natural resources!

The goals of the DNR Hunter Education Program are as follows:

  • Educate Iowans about hunter safety
  • Promote hunter education and ethics
  • Train volunteer instructors to teach hunter education
  • Continue to keep hunting the safe activity it has become

By providing hunter education to the public, the DNR will help ensure the safety of hunters throughout our state by continuing to promote ethics and fair chase, hunter responsibility and landowner relations. The safety, recruitment, and retention of hunters are important in continuing the tradition of hunting in Iowa's GREAT Outdoors!

Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. The minimum number of hours to complete the class is 10. Typically there is no charge for the course, unless lunch is furnished or room rental is required. Iowa recognizes hunter education certificates issued by another state and some foreign nations.

A person who is 11 years old or older may enroll in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course shall be issued a certificate which becomes valid on that person's 12th birthday. Iowa residents under the age of 12 can be issued a deer or turkey license; however, a licensed adult hunter must accompany each youth hunter. If the certificate is lost, a replacement certificate may be obtained from any ELSI vendor during regular business hours for $4.50.

Classes are typically held from March 1 - November 15 each year. Our courses are taught by volunteer instructors who are hunters so there are very few classes that take place after November 15. 

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How to Obtain an Iowa Hunter Education Certificate

Visit the Online Training Registration and Tracking System to find a course in your area and to get registered.

  • If, as a student, you require reasonable accommodations to participate in a classroom type education program, please advise the listed contact person at the time of pre-registration.

The Online Hunter Education Course was designed for the busy student or working adult that cannot fit a traditional class into their schedule. The Department recommends that students of the online coursework be age 16 or older.

The two companies mentioned below are authorized to provide the online hunter education coursework for Iowa and the student still needs to complete an Iowa Hunter Education Online Field Day. Field day Classes are limited and students will want to locate and register for a hunter education online field day class in their area prior to completing the online course work. Upon completion of the online coursework the student is issued a Field Day admission voucher which is valid for only one year. They are to print the voucher and present that voucher to the instructor the day of the online field day for which they registered.

  • Students taking the hunter education online coursework cannot substitute a portion of a traditional hunter education class as the field day in order to complete their hunter education certification.
  • Students must present a copy of their HUNTERcourse or Hunter-Ed Field Day Voucher to the Instructor at the Field Day. The Field Day includes some classroom instruction and a possibility of live fire exercises. Students will then take a final exam where a score of 75% or better is needed to pass and obtain the Certificate of Completion.

 

Sign up for the online hunter education course.

Hunter-ed.com is the only online hunter education course that can be taken on any device, including smartphones, tablets and computers. Learn from the courses award-winning videos, interactive animations and illustrations.

 

Get certified and start hunting in three easy steps:

1. Complete the Iowa online course.

2. Complete age-dependent certification requirements.

3. Receive your Iowa hunter education certificate.  

If you are 11 to 17 years of age, complete the Online Hunter’s Ed course and then register for the Field Day portion of the Hunter’s Ed course. Sign up the youth course.

Hunter-ed.com uses the same information that is taught in the Today’s Hunter manual. Sign up, study for free, and pay only after you pass the final exam.

Sign up for the online hunter education course.

Notice: You must be 18 years of age or older to take this course.

The adult online only course has the same general content as the traditional classroom course and online/field day course but requires state specific information to be covered along with a final exam in which the student must achieve a score of 75% or better to pass.

This course is designed for adults that have prior hunting and/or firearms handling experience. If you do not have prior hunting or firearms handling experience it is recommended that you take a traditional classroom course or attend a field day in order to receive one on one firearms handling training with a certified Hunter Education Instructor

Hunter-ed.com is the only online hunter education course that can be taken on any device, including smartphones, tablets, and computers. Learn from the courses award-winning videos, interactive animations, and illustrations.

Get certified and start hunting in three easy steps:

  1. Complete the Iowa online course.
  2. Complete age-dependent certification requirements.
  3. Receive your Iowa hunter education certificate.

Hunter-ed.com uses the same information that is taught in the Today’s Hunter manual. Sign up, study for free, and pay only after you pass the final exam.

Notice: You must be 21 years of age or older and an Iowa resident in order to complete this course.

Link to conceleader carry education course

Iowa's only approved dual hunter education and handgun safety course that meets the training requirements per Iowa law to apply for a nonprofessional permit to carry firearms. This course covers the same general content as the traditional classroom hunter education course but also includes expanded information on handgun safety and laws.

ConcealedCarry-Ed.com/iowa is the only combo Hunter & Concealed Carry education course designed specifically for the state of Iowa. This safety course is fully mobile-friendly and is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The course includes easy-to-understand handgun safety instructions and self-defense information, all taught by professional educators.

Get certified in three easy steps:

  1. Study and pass the Iowa online course.
  2. Print your Combo Hunter & Concealed Carry Education Certificate.
  3. Apply for your Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons.
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Personal Injuries 2                    
Property Damage 2       
Fatalities 1

Total Incidents 5                  

Last Updated: 09/09/2020


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Need a duplicate certificate?

To purchase a duplicate Hunter Education Certificate Online visit:  ilostmycard.com.  Be sure to select "Iowa" and the "Hunting" to begin your search.  You will then simply enter your name and date of birth to search for your record.  If a record is found, you will verify that it is you and then be able to purchase a duplicate certificate.  If your record is not found, contact:

DNR Customer Service
515-725-8200
Mon-Fri, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Don't have internet access?
You can also visit any one of our ELSI vendors (anywhere that sells hunting or fishing licenses) in Iowa and purchase a duplicate Hunter Education Certificate if you have provided your certificate for a prior purchase.    



Logan's Law

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Logan’s Law, named after Logan Luft, was enacted in 2019 and allows hunting, fishing and trapping license buyers to declare as an organ, eye and tissue donor, when purchasing hunting and fishing licenses, very similar to declaring when purchasing or renewing a driver’s license.

By registering as an organ donor you authorize your organs, eyes, and tissues to be donated at the time of your death. Organs, eyes and tissues will be recovered for the purpose of transplantation; however, in the event a donated organ, eye or tissue cannot be used for transplant, an effort will be made to use the donation for research.

For more information visit the Iowa Donor Registry FAQ online.


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