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2012 Fall Hunter Ed Classes are Underway

The Hunter Education program is sponsored by the MDWFP. It is designed to help reduce hunting accidents and enrich a person's knowledge of the outdoors by teaching hunting ethics and responsibility, wildlife conservation, and firearm safety fundamentals. Hunter Education classes are 10 hours long which include classroom instruction and time on a firing range.

There is no charge for the course. Students must be 10 years old prior to December 31 of the year of the class. They must attend all course hours, score 70 percent or above on an examination, and show safety proficiency with a firearm prior to certification.

Hunter Education courses are also offered online.The online course is not intended to replace the traditional classroom course but is designed to work within the established course curriculum and allow the Hunter Education certification to be obtained throughout the year. Upon completion of the online exam, students must complete the final three hours within a classroom setting. This allows the student time for interaction with the instructor, final testing, and the range firing exercise.

Who Needs Hunter Education?

All persons born after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a Hunter Education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. Anyone 12 years of age and under 16 years of age must have a certificate of satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by the MDWFP before hunting alone in Mississippi. A child at least 12 years of age and under 16 years of age may hunt without having the certificate of Hunter Education if the child is in the presence and under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age when hunting. Sportsmen and women can also take Hunter Education voluntarily to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Who Teaches Hunter Education?

Volunteer instructors, county 4-H Youth Agents, school teachers and wildlife agency personnel all teach Hunter Education. They are qualified to teach by attending a certification course. Instructors maintain their teaching credential through a yearly evaluation process. To become a Hunter Education instructor visit or call 1-800-354-5033.

Please call 1-800-354-5033 or visit for more information regarding Hunter Education courses or about becoming a volunteer Hunter Education Instructor.

All information from the MDWFP web site :
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