Hunter-trapper education classes filling up

Those who plan to purchase their first hunting license this year will need to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course, and there’s no time like the present to sign up, according to the state Game Commission.

Classes are beginning to fill. To register for a course in your area, visit and click on the “Learn to Hunt” link, or go to the Game Commission’s website at, and click on the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the homepage.

Options include:

Basic Hunter-Trapper Education, a six-hour course held over one or two days;

  • Hunter-Trapper Education Independent Study, a home-study course followed by a one-day, two-hour classroom review and test.

Once determining which course format best fits your schedule, you can register online by selecting a course in your area and then following the instructions.

“Now is the time to make sure that the first-time license buyer in your home is signed up to take the necessary first step toward purchasing a license,” said Game Commission Hunter Education and Outreach Division Chief Keith Snyder. “Don’t wait until closer to fall, as courses will fill up quickly and may become hard to find. Check the website regularly for a class near you or that fits your schedule, and remember more will be added.”

Snyder noted that scheduling the agency’s annual slate of Hunter-Trapper Education classes always is an ongoing operation, based on the availability of instructors and facilities, and the agency’s ability to meet the growing demand for more classes in some counties.

Other educational programs offered by the commission include Successful Bowhunting, Successful Turkey Hunting, Successful Furtaking and Cable Restraint Certification.