Hunter Education Requirements by State/Territory

United States

  • Alabama: Born on or after 8/1/77
  • Alaska: Born after January 1, 1986, Bowhunter required
  • Arizona: 10-14 years, hunting big game
  • Arkansas: Born on or after 12/31/68
  • California: First time license
  • Colorado: Born on or after 1/1/49
  • Connecticut: First time license, Bowhunter required
  • Delaware: Born after 1/1/67
  • Florida: Born after 6/1/75 hunting on public lands
  • Georgia: Born on or after 1/1/61
  • Hawaii: First license or born after 12/31/71
  • Idaho: Born after 1/1/75, Bowhunter required
  • Illinois: Born after 1/1/80
  • Indiana: Born after 12/31/86
  • Iowa: Born after 1/1/67
  • Kansas: Born after 7/1/57, Bowhunter required
  • Kentucky: Born after 1/1/75, Bowhunter required
  • Louisiana: Born on or after 9/1/69, Bowhunter required
  • Maine: Born after 1/1/76, Bowhunter required
  • Maryland: All except those hunting prior to 7/1/77
  • Massachusetts: 15-17 years of age, Bowhunter required
  • Michigan: Born after 1/1/60
  • Minnesota: Born after 12/31/79
  • Mississippi: Born on or after 1/1/72
  • Missouri: Born on or after 1/1/67
  • Montana: 12-17 years of age, Bowhunter required
  • Nebraska: Born after 1/1/77, Bowhunter required
  • Nevada: Born on or after 1/1/60
  • New Hampshire: 14 years and older
  • New Jersey: 10 years and older, Bowhunter required
  • New Mexico: Under 18 years
  • New York: First time license, Bowhunter required
  • North Carolina: First time license
  • North Dakota: Born after 12/31/61
  • Ohio: First time license
  • Oklahoma: Born on or after 1/1/72
  • Oregon: 18 years and under
  • Pennsylvania: Hunter Education or prior license
  • Rhode Island: First time license, Bowhunter required
  • South Carolina: Born on or after 6/30/79
  • South Dakota: Under 16 years, Bowhunter required
  • Tennessee: Born on or after 1/1/69
  • Texas: Born on or after September 2,1971, and at least 9 years old
  • Utah: Born after 12/31/65
  • Vermont: First time license born after 1/1/75
  • Virginia: First time licenses and 12-15 years
  • Washington: Born after 1/1/72, Bowhunter required
  • West Virginia: Born after 1/1/75
  • Wisconsin: Born on or after 1/1/73
  • Wyoming: Born on or after 1/1/66

Canada

  • Alberta: First time license and 12-13 years
  • British Columbia: 10 years and older
  • Manitoba: First time license over 12
  • New Brunswick: All license buyers
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: All big game hunters
  • N.W. Territories: Voluntary
  • Nova Scotia: All new hunters, Bowhunter required
  • Nunavut: Voluntary
  • Ontario: First time resident license
  • Prince Edward Island: First time hunters
  • Quebec: All hunters, 12-17 yrs. with license holder 18 or over, Bowhunter required
  • Suskatchewan: First time license
  • Yukon Territory: Voluntary

 


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