Hunter education safety requirements
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife require all first-time hunters purchasing their first Washington license and who are born after January 1st 1972 to take a mandatory Hunter safety course.
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 - Washington Hunting Safety Course and Hunting License
- Is the Beasafehunter hunters course approved by the state of Washington?
No. We are not approved yet.
- Is there a minimum age to take this online education course?
There is no minimum or maximum age to be eligible to hunt in Washington, but anyone purchasing a license who was born after Jan. 1, 1972 must show proof that they have completed a hunter education class. A one-time deferral option is available.
- Is my Hunting 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 Washington?
All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must show proof of hunter education course completion before purchasing their first Washington hunting license.
- What types of Washington Hunting Licenses are available?
View the full list of Washington Hunting Licenses available through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife