Hunter Safety Course Requirements in California

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Planning A Hunt in California Requires Certification

A hunter education certificate or a previous year’s hunting license is required for all persons who wish to purchase a California hunting license. Hunter Education Certificates from other states or provinces are recognized in California.  Take a hunter safety course in california can be easily done online long before your hunt takes place.

California hunting licenses are issued by the Department of Fish & Game.

There  are different licenses offered, depending on the species you wish to hunt, and whether you are a California resident. Fees for hunting licenses also vary. Hunting licenses are valid as of July 1st of each year and expire on June 30th the following year. Lifetime licenses are available for California residents. Contact the California Department of Fish & Game for more information on hunting licenses.

Learn how to become a safe and ethical hunter from the comfort of your own home and on your own time. Study online and prepare for the instructor led follow-up class where you’ll apply your acquired knowledge in a quick review and certification exam.

Topics of the online hunter safety course include:

  • Safe hunting practices
  • Firearms and ammunition parts, maintenance, and safety
  • The 10 rules of firearm safety
  • Basic shooting skills
  • Hunting techniques
  • Basics in archery and muzzleloading
  • Treestand safety
  • Survival and First Aid
  • Hunting Ethics
  • California-specific hunting regulations
  • And much more!

Good luck and safe hunting!


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