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NEW: Registration for hunter education classes and field days has moved online!

How to register for a class:

  • Step 1
    • Find a class that you would like to attend by looking at available classes on the View all Classes/Workshops tab. Remember that for courses under the “Hunter Ed Class” tab you must attend each class session listed. If you choose courses under the “Hunter Ed Field Day” tab you must complete the online course or workbook before attending.  Once you find a class that is right for you, remember the class number and click on the “Go Back to Registration” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Step 2
    • Existing customers – If the student is an existing customer and has an Hunter/Angler ID# (printed on all Oregon hunting and fishing license documents) enter it on the “Get Started” page, along with the last name and date of birth. Click on “Classes/Workshops” button to proceed.
    • New customers – Select “New Customer” from the drop down box on the “Get Started” page and enter the student’s last name and date of birth. Click on the “Classes/Workshops” button to proceed.
  • Step 3
    • Existing customers – Check the student’s demographic information and modify as needed. IMPORTANT – Make sure you include a phone number and email address so that instructors can contact the student with course announcements. Click checkbox and hit “Continue” button.
    • New customers – Enter all of the student’s demographic information. IMPORTANT – Make sure you include a phone number and email address so that instructors can contact the student with course announcements. Hit “Continue” button and then click checkbox and hit “Continue” button again.
  • Step 4
    • Select your course and scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the “Continue” button.
  • Step 5
    • Continue through checkout process, paying with a debit/credit card. Class information will be printed on the student’s receipt. Remember, if the student didn’t enter a phone number and email address they will not receive important class updates. You can go back and update demographic information at any time by following Steps 2 and 3 above.

Class cancellation policy (effective March 1, 2012)

ODFW does not refund class fees. However, a credit system has been established as follows:

  • Cancel less than 2 weeks from first class = No Credit.
  • Cancel more than 2 weeks from first class = 1 time class credit good for 1 year that can be redeemed when student registers for another hunter education class. Any subsequent cancellations will not be issued a credit.
  • Cancellations and the issuing and use of credits must be done through the hunter education program by calling 503-947-6028.

Please make every effort to attend the class that you have signed up for.


NEW YOUTH HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENT: hunters ages 17 and under must wear hunter orange upper garment or hat when hunting game mammals or upland birds (except turkey) with any firearm.


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Hunter Education is mandatory for Oregon hunters under the age of 18 unless they are hunting on land owned by their parents or legal guardian or are participating in the Mentored Youth Hunter Program.

However, hunter education is not just for kids and not just for hunters. The program is for all folks who enjoy the outdoors and have an interest in conservation. The course can also be an excellent refresher for veteran hunters.

The Oregon Hunter Education course requires a $10 application fee and generally last between 14-16 hours. All students are required to participate in a live fire exercise. At the end of the course, students are evaluated in three areas:

  • A written test consisting of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions (passing grade 80 percent)
  • A practical test of safe firearms handling
  • An evaluation of the students attitude and sense of responsibility as demonstrated throughout the class

Many parents choose to go through the course with their child, which is encouraged. Parents who participate and who pass the test will receive their certificate as well. Even parents who choose not to take the tests usually find the course both informative and enjoyable.

There is no minimum age to attend a course, but children under age 11 often have a difficult time with the material. Younger students may also lack the upper body strength necessary to handle a firearm safely and control the muzzle when performing loading and unloading drills.

What You'll Learn

Take any of the Oregon hunting safety courses and:
  • Learn about hunter responsibility and ethics
  • Discover how firearms work and learn about firearm safety
  • Improve your wildlife identification, game care, survival and first aid skills
  • Develop firearm handling skills and hunting techniques
  • Increase awareness about wildlife conservation and management

Students taking the online course and passing the online test receive an official Oregon Field Day Qualifier Certificate, a prerequisite for attending an Oregon Hunter Education Program Independent Study Field Day

Upon successfully meeting all hunting safety course requirements, the student will receive an official Certificate of Completion

To register for a course sign up online NEW!

For more information on the hunter education program, please call the Hunter Education Desk at 503-947-6028.

Need a Duplicate Hunter Education Card?

Duplicate hunter education cards can be requested by completing the Duplicate Card Request Form and faxing to 503-947-6009. In order to process your request, you must provide your name, date of birth, contact information, current mailing address and the city and year in which you completed your course (if known). Please allow up to three weeks to process your request.


These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).

Assurances

The Oregon Outdoor Skills Program is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers all persons the opportunity to participate in programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. No individual will be turned away from or otherwise be denied access to or benefit from, any program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to the Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020, Arlington, VA 22203.

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