Hunter education safety requirements
The Nebraska Game and Parks requires successful completion of a Firearm Hunter Education for all Nebraska hunters age 12 through 29 who hunt any species with a firearm or air gun. Additionally, Bowhunter Education is required for all Nebraska hunters age 12 through 29 who hunt deer, elk, antelope or mountain sheep with bow and arrow or crossbow.
Become a safe hunter
The purpose of hunter education is to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to become safe, responsible hunters.
The online course
Typically, students meet these needs by attending a traditional, instructor led course including classroom lectures and field/range experiences. In today's society, students have less free time to devote to attending a hunter education course. Online hunter education courses help address this, by allowing students to take hunter safety courses on their own time, at their own pace and in the comfort of their home or office.
You may ask
FAQ - Nebraska Hunting Safety Course and Hunting License
- Is the Beasafehunter hunter course approved by the state of Nebraska?
No. We are not approved yet.
- Is there a minimum age to take this online education course?
Yes, the student must be a minimum of 11 years of age.
- Is my Hunter Education Certificate good in other states?
Every U.S. state that demands a Hunter Education Certificate will accept Hunter Education Certificates from other states that conform to IHEA requirements as well.
You should follow your safety course in the State where you are resident.
- Does the Hunter Card expire?
No. It is good for life.
- Who is required to take the Hunter Education course in Nebraska?
Hunter Education all Hunters, age 12 through age 29, must have on their person, proof of completion of Firearm Hunter Education while hunting with either a firearm or crossbow. Hunters, age 12 through age 29, hunting deer, antelope, elk or mountain sheep with bow and arrow must carry proof of completion of Bow Hunter Education.
Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate - Hunters age 12 through age 29 who have NOT completed a Firearm Hunter and or Bow Hunter Education course and want to give hunting a try, under limited conditions, may obtain an "apprentice hunter education exemption certificate" from the Commission. This exemption is to provide the novice hunter an opportunity to try hunting and receive training from an experienced hunter prior to making the commitment of completion of the required hunter education training, so - A hunter using an "apprentice exemption" must be accompanied at all times while hunting.
This "apprentice exemption"can only be obtained once in each persons life time, expires on December 31st of the year obtained and may be renewed only once. The fee is $5. In Nebraska any firearm or crossbow hunter under age 12,or those hunters age 12 through age 29 using an apprentice hunter education exemption certificate, must be accompanied at all times while hunting.
Accompanied is defined as: in the presence of a licensed "experienced" hunter age 19 or older, if that hunter is age 19 through age 29 they must carry on their person proof they have completed the hunter/bowhunter education course. There can be no more than 2 hunters under age 12 or using an "apprentice exemption" accompanied by the "experienced" hunter at any time and the "experienced" hunter must at all times be in unaided visual and verbal communication with the child under age 12 and or the "apprentice" hunter age 12 through age 29.
Please note that all hunters must also purchase and have on their person any and all required permits, licenses and stamps while hunting in addition to meeting the hunter education requirements.
- What types of Nebraska Hunting Licenses are available?
View the full list of Nebraska Hunting Licenses available through Nebraska Game and Parks.