With hunting season less than a month away, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public that there is still time available to obtain hunter education certification.
Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course to hunt in the state of Louisiana, unless they are under the direct supervision of someone over 18 years old that has a valid hunting license or proof of completion of a hunter education course. Hunter education courses cover firearms safety, general outdoors safety and the principals of wildlife management. To locate hunter education course information, connect to the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education .
Hunters have two options for hunter education certification: register for and attend the 10-hour classroom course, which is usually conducted over 2-3 days, or chose the home study option. With the home study option, the user will study the course material either on-line or via CD-ROM and attend a mandatory field day. Both methods will provide the student with the required hunter education certification once a written test is passed at the end of the classroom course or field day. However, the home study option is recommended for students 14 years of age or older. There is no minimum age for attending a hunter education class, but a person must be at least 10 years old to receive hunter education certification.
Hunters who have already received their hunter education certification should verify that their hunter education card is available and in their possession prior to their first hunting trip. If a duplicate card is needed, an application may be completed on-line at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education. A temporary duplicate card can be printed immediately and there is no fee for a duplicate hunter education card.
Hunters planning out of state hunts should consult the hunter education requirements for the states they plan to visit. Requirements differ from state to state, but a Louisiana hunter education certification is valid in all states.