Hunter Safety Certification


The Hunter Education class is a once in a lifetime requirement 
prior to obtaining a hunting license.
The Illinois Hunter Education Program consists of a minimum of 10 hours of instruction. This course covers the basics of hunter responsibility and ethics, wildlife conservation, firearms and ammunition, field and tree stand safety, first aid, archery, muzzleloading, and state regulations. Due to state regulations and lack of funding, this class is presented by volunteers, and is hence free of charge.


On January 1, 1996, a State law was passed that anyone born on or after January 1, 1980 may not be issued a hunting license unless:

    *they present a valid Hunter Education Certificate of Competency issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Safety Education Division.

    *or they present evidence he or she has held a hunting license issued by the State of Illinois or another state in a prior year.

    Course Requirements

    • You must complete the registration form, and submit it, to participate in the class.
    • Walk-in seating is available, priority is to registered students. 
    • Minimum recommended age 10yrs. old.
    • Please bring a penwater bottle, and a unopened box, bag or can of cookies to share.                                                                                            (any extras will go to the food pantry)
    • A passing grade on the Hunter Safety exam will be required for certification, but is not the only criteria.  
    Classes are fridays 5:30pm till 9:30pm, and 8:00am till 2:30pm on saturday. All participants must attend both classes. Anyone that arrives late or leaves early, will be required to retake the entire class at another time. Regulations mandates a minimum of 10 classroom hours.

    Parents or siblings that have a Hunter Safety Certification can, and are encouraged to attend the class with their child/sibling. 

    Seasonal demand for hunter certification reaches a peak in the fall. Classes fill very quickly, and it is very common for class registration to meet capacity within several days.  Our class size is limited. Therefor, you must follow the registration requirements as it is first come first served.

    Department Policy 

    The mere attendance of this safety education training and taking the written test will not guarantee the passing of the course. Multiple criteria, such as mental and physical acuity, the ability to demonstrate and recognize safe procedures, along with attitude and the maturity level of each individual student will be a factor assessed by the instructors in the final certification process.