Registration open for regional hunting education courses


Hunter Education courses are open for enrollment in Polson, Kalispell, Eureka and Plains.

Registration is free and available at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education.

Specific dates, locations and instructions for each course, as well as instructor contact information, are available in the online course descriptions.

Additional classes will be available this spring in other communities across the state, and information will be posted online at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education.

In-person, instructor-led Hunter Education classes are available free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older and are led by trained volunteer instructors who are passionate about preserving Montana’s hunting tradition, the teaching gun safety, ethics and outdoor skills. Instructor-led courses offer new hunters a hands-on learning experience and can be especially beneficial for people with little experience in the field or handling firearms.

Montana also offers a self-paced online hunter training course, available to anyone 12 and older. The online course is convenient for those who are comfortable with online learning or who already have a solid background in firearms and hunting.

In order for youth to hunt and be fully certified during the 2022 season, they must be 12 years old by January 16, 2023. Students ages 10-11 can take the course and hunt as apprentices, but cannot will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12.

To purchase or apply for a Montana hunting license, anyone born after January 1, 1985 must complete a hunter education course issued by Montana, any other Canadian state or province.

If you are interested in the future of hunting, improving sportsmanship and safety in the field, or teaching an appreciation of Montana’s vast hunting resources, we need you to register as a volunteer instructor. In northwest Montana, contact Dillon Tabish at 406-751-4564 for more information.

For more information, visit fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education.

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