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Update

With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the state — and the big game application period quickly approaching — some hunter education instructors have been authorized to temporarily schedule courses with a completely remote option format.

Remote field day options will be available from now until Feb. 28, 2022. Instructor-led and in-person field days will still be available for students comfortable with these formats. For all in-person courses, please keep in mind the following:

  • Classes will be limited to a total of 40 people, including the instructor, students, parents and other visitors.
  • Masks are not required, but strongly recommended for everyone in the classroom.
  • A social distance of at least six feet between individuals from different households will be observed, whenever possible.

Students who register for a remote option course will receive detailed instructions from their course instructor after they register through the DWR website.

Instructor-led hunter education

Total class time:
Typically six to 12 hours
Class meets:
1–2 nights a week,
3–4 weeks long
Cost:
$10.00 for a Hunter Education Registration Certificate*
Registration:
Online registration — see the steps below

* Some facilities charge to rent a room or range, which increases the cost.

This course is required to obtain a hunting license in Utah if you were born after Dec. 31, 1965.

Course includes instruction on firearm safety, hunter responsibility, wildlife management, survival, wildlife ID and more.

It typically runs for 3–4 weeks with classes meeting one or two nights per week. At the end of the course, you will take a final written exam and undergo a live-fire shooting exercise. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

How to take this course

  1. Purchase a Registration Certificate. Purchase a Hunter Education Registration Certificate ($10) before registering for a class. You may purchase a certificate online or at any division office or license agent location.
  2. Find a course in your area and register online.

After you register

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