Fish & Wildlife sets age requirement for online hunter education classes

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Completing a hunter education course is the beginning of a safe and responsible hunting career. Photo provided

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has set a minimum age requirement of 12 years for their online-only hunter education course, bowhunter education course, and trapper education correspondence course to begin Oct. 1.

“In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we began offering an online-only option for our hunter education and bowhunter education courses as well as a correspondence course for trapper education to reduce the health and safety risk to our instructors and students,” said Education Manager Alison Thomas. “Online-only and correspondence education allow individuals interested in hunting and trapping to obtain the necessary certifications to prepare for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.”

“These three courses are completely remote with no in-person contact. We want to ensure that our program creates a proper system for instructing safe and responsible new hunters and trappers. We continue to offer a very limited number of traditional, in-person courses and home study programs with no age requirement.”

“While our online-only courses meet all the standards and requirements established by the International Hunter Education Association,” said Thomas, “we encourage everyone who takes an online course to also take an in-person course if available, for the added benefits of hands-on and in-person learning.”

Requests for exemptions to the age requirement for online classes should be made directly to the Hunter Education Program by calling 802-828-1193 or emailing Exemptions will be considered for those youth age 12 and under that are immuno-compromised or are otherwise unable to attend in-person classes.

Anyone interested in taking hunter education classes should visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Hunter Education Program webpage: for more information or to enroll in a course. More information is also available by calling the Hunter Education Program at 802-828-1193 or emailing

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