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Official DNR Hunter Education Course

Hunting Course Requirements

Hunters EducationAnyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. However, if they will be hunting under the hunting mentorship program or they have successfully completed and have proof of completing basic training in the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard, they do not need a hunting safety course certificate to purchase a license. 

Hunter education graduates receive a certificate that is accepted in every state, Canadian province, and Mexico. 
For Wisconsin residents, a first time graduate may use the Wisconsin hunter education certificate in lieu of a small game hunting license from the date of issuance until March 31 of the following year. Those qualifying do not need to purchase a small game license; the certificate is the license for the established time period.


Course Information

The hunter education course instills in students the knowledge and skill to be a responsible and safe hunter. The basic course is taught by certified deputy sheriffs and other highly skilled volunteers. Students learn how hunting accidents are caused and how they can be prevented. Hunter responsibility and safety are stressed throughout the classes, which consist of lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises and individual study and activity assignments.

Scheduled Classes

Sheriff's Classes and Events


Click here for a list of all the Classes and Events scheduled at the Sheriff's Office.



Register for Class

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To register for this class go to https://gowild.wi.go.



For more information:

Call (715) 346-1590.