Hunter's Safety Courses:

We offer several NYS Hunter and Bow Hunter Safety Courses throughout the year.

All first-time hunters, bowhunters and trappers must pass one or more courses before they can get a license in New York State . Trained instructors certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation teach safe and responsible outdoors practices and the important role of hunters and trappers in conservation. All courses are free of charge, but space may be limited. As hunting seasons approach, many classes are filled quickly.
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Courses develop skills and attitudes which help students to be better hunters, and ....

Respect people, wildlife, Nature
Respect public and private property
Practice safe and ethical behavior
Appreciate man as a part of Nature
Support conservation efforts
Be examples of responsible hunting and trapping


Course Calendar

Course Requirements for Licenses:

* All Hunting and Bowhunting Licenses--To qualify for any license to hunt (with firearms or bows), the applicant must present either:
(1) proof that he or she successfully completed an approved hunter education course; or
(2) proof that he or she previously held a hunting license.

* Bowhunting--In addition to the requirements for all hunters, to qualify to hunt deer or bear with bow and arrow, the applicant must present either:
(1) proof that he or she successfully completed an approved bow hunter education course; (Note: Approved courses are International Bowhunter Education Program Courses or an equivalent course.
If in doubt, call toll free - 1-888-HUNT-ED2.) or
(2) proof that he or she previously held a New York State bowhunting license or stamp issued in 1980 or later

* Waterfowl Hunting--Requires a small game hunting license and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp. Only the basic hunter education course (see requirements for all hunters) is required for the license, but a Waterfowl Hunter Education course is required to hunt waterfowl on some special hunting areas.

* Trapping--To qualify for any license to trap, the applicant must present either:
(1) proof that he or she successfully completed an approved course in responsible trapping practices; or
(2) proof that he or she previously held a trapping license

About Courses

* Hunter Education: required for all hunting licenses, including bow and arrow. Covers basic firearms handling and outdoor skills plus hunting techniques. Minimum course time: 10 hours. Minimum age for course: 11 years. (Minimum age for a license is 12 years.)

* Bowhunter Education: required to hunt deer and bear with bow and arrow. Teaches the things that make bowhunting a special challenge, making you a more successful hunter. Minimum course time: 8 hours. Minimum age for course: 11 years. Note: you must be 14 years of age to hunt big game with bow and arrow.

* Trapper Education: required for all new trappers. Covers how to trap responsibly, avoiding unwanted species. Teaches students how to treat pelts to produce marketable furs. Minimum course time: 8 hours. No age limit.

* Waterfowl Hunter Education: required for some special hunting areas. This course helps you identify ducks, geese and other waterfowl on the wing. Minimum course time: 3 hours. No age limits.



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