Hunter Education in Alabama

Alabama Hunter Education & Safety Information

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Alabama’s hunter education program helps keep hunting safe and enjoyable. The program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting, and wildlife conservation that help to secure our hunting heritage. If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved hunter education program before being eligible to hunt (see exceptions below)* Alabama has two hunter education options: a traditional course with a written test or a CD-ROM/Internet-based course followed by a field day to test hunter safety skills. Don’t wait, start today!
The traditional hunter education course is a minimum 10 hours of instruction plus a written examination.  The course is taught by Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries personnel and volunteer instructors to participants 10 years of age and older and is offered free of charge.  The course includes but is not limited to firearms safety and handling, responsible hunting and hunter ethics, wildlife laws, wildlife management and identification, archery, muzzleloading, first aid, survival, and game care.
An alternative to the traditional hunter education course includes a two-part program. First the student must complete an online or CD-ROM course and then attend a field day and demonstrate skills such as loading and unloading different types of firearms, safely crossing fences, and other activities that all safe, responsible hunters should be able to complete. Students must complete another test at the field day. For a complete list of traditional and hunter education cd/internet course field days click here.

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