The Structured Hunter Education Course is a minimum of 6 hours in 1 day. The courses is offered here at HW Range and are taught by certified firearms instructors. You will need to reserve a spot and sign-up to reserve your seat in the class. Now that the state keeps records electronically also you will need to sign up with the Texas Parks and Wildlife so they keep your record of completion as well.
Hunter Education subjects include: Modern and Primitive Firearms, Safety, Ethics and Responsible Hunting; Conservation and Wildlife Management, Wildlife Identification, Texas Hunting Regulations, Survival and Outdoor Skills. This course is designed for novice or young hunters. All materials are provided and subjects are covered in depth to enable the student to successfully complete the Hunter Education certification process.
Course Length: 6 hours. You MUST attend class and complete the entire 6 hours.
We also offer the field course certification which allows students to complete a portion of the class online for free with the Texas Parks and Recreation THEN come to our instructors for the hands on “field course” to complete the certification and take the test. More details can be found here:
Who needs to take Hunter Education?
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 9 years old.
If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:
- under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied*.
- age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied.
- age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral,” and you must be accompanied.
What does “accompanied” mean?
Accompanied means: By a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting. Note: Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.
When you arrive at the classroom:
- Attend the entire course.
- Take the written exam and get at least 70% correct to pass.
Upon successful completion, you will receive a temporary card. Your instructor will send in the originals for processing. You may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your temporary certification card. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be mailed out within a short period of time.
Email, call or visit HW Range or check the FAQ page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.
PARENTS: All attendees who are 16 years of age or younger must have a parent stay for the first hour of class to fill out all the required paperwork. Your child MUST have a social security number to complete the paperwork.
Please be sure you have a box lunch prepared and some money (coinage) for our vending machines as lunch will NOT be included.
Due to limited class room space and availability students must register in advance.
*** HW Range requires a 48 hour advance notice in the event the registrant needs to cancel his/her attendance from class. If we are not notified of your intent to cancel or transfer/postpone from your registered class you will NOT receive a refund.