Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 9 years of age.
If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:
• under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied*.
• age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied*.
• age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral” and you must be accompanied*.
Please note that some federally controlled areas require all hunters using that site to have hunter education certification. In Texas, this includes Corps of Engineers property and most military reservations. Be sure to check with the specific area prior to going hunting.
* Accompanied means: By a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting. Note: Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.
Hunter Ed Certification Options
There are four ways to get certified in Texas Hunter Education:
1. Basic Hunter Ed. - 6 hours of classroom instruction by a TPWD certified instructor
2. Enhanced Hunter Ed. - completion of an online course plus a one day 4 hour class with a TPWD certified instructor
3. Extended Basic Hunter Ed. - more than 6 hours of instruction by a TPWD certified instructor
4. Online Course for Complete Certification - completion of an approved online course, designed for Texas residents. You must be 17 years of age or older to register