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Hunter Education

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.)
  • Youth who turn age 11 before the end of the calendar year may receive a whitetail doe license valid only for the youth hunting season without having taken the hunter education course.
  • 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).

If you have lost your hunter education card, you can find your hunter education number and reprint your card by accessing your account on the Department's Online Services.