DNR To End Online Hunter Education Option For Students Under Age 18

Posted on 3-03-2022

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the temporary all-online hunter education course option will end at midnight on Sunday, March 20, 2022, for those under 18-years-old.

Hunter education students aged 18 and older will continue to have the online course as a hunter education option. 

The DNR temporarily offered the all-online hunter education option to all to help protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Following the updated guidance from state and federal health agencies, the DNR is returning to the in-person course for the under 18 group.

Students under the age of 18 enrolled in the all-online course will have through March 20 to complete the course. Those over age 18 may continue to utilize the online course.

Students of all ages will have the following two course options available:

Internet Field Day:

This training allows you to complete some of your training online and then attend one day of training with a certified instructor. This class is a good fit for a person that has handled firearms or is going to be hunting with someone that has more experience to help them build upon their hunting skills. During this class, there are 4-6 hours of firearm handling opportunities. All age groups are welcome.

Traditional Class:

This training offers a more hands-on approach to working with a certified instructor over a few days. Most students and families enjoy this option because they can do it in their community. This option provides students with opportunities to handle hunting equipment, learn about safe hunting practices, shooting and many other topics.  In-person feedback from instructors also enhances student-learning. All age groups are welcome.

Before enrolling in any course, interested students must first obtain a Wisconsin Customer ID number through Go Wild, the DNR’s online license portal.

All course options, links to enroll and cost information are outlined on the DNR’s safety education webpage.