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Hunter Education Requirements for North Dakota

By law, who must take a certified hunter education course prior to obtaining a firearm or bow hunting license?

  • Persons born after 1961


  • Persons younger than 12 years of age (By state law youth under the age of 12 may hunt only under direct supervision of a parent, guardian or adult authorized by their parent or guardian. The youth must also have the appropriate license(s) for the species they are hunting.)
  • Persons who hunt exclusively on land of which they are the record title owner or operator
  • Persons who obtain an apprentice hunting license

NOTE: Proof of hunter education certification must be presented when buying or applying for a hunting licenses (official courses offered by other states and Canadian provinces meet these requirements).

Hunter Education Courses

There are two types of hunter education courses offered by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department:

  • Traditional Hunter Education: 14-hour course taught entirely in the classroom.
  • Home Study: 14-hour course time split between classroom and online study (there is a $15 fee to take this course online).

For more information on either course see our course description page.

Courses focus on safety, ethics, laws and regulations, landowner relations, wildlife identification and conservation.

Students generally receive their hunter education card in the mail 7-10 days after successfully completing a class. Hunter education certificate numbers may be found online once the records for a completed class have been processed.

Scheduled Classes

Below is a list of available classes. This list is updated as classes are added or filled. Classes are taught by volunteers across the state and are held primarily during the spring and early summer months. In some areas a few classes may be available during the late summer and fall depending on volunteer instructor availability.

To enroll in a class go to the hunter education section of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's online services website. For any questions about the course email

Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can subscribe to news, email and text alerts. Check the box labeled “hunter education class notification” under the education program updates.

Hunter Education Number Lookup

If you have lost your hunter education card, you can find your hunter education number on the Department's Online Services application.


For more information about courses or becoming a volunteer instructor, contact Hunter Education, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND  58501-5095 or call 701-328-6615.