Free Hunter Safety Course

Free Course offered at F.I.R.S.T. Shot Inc.

Free Hunter Safety Course

F.I.R.S.T. Shot offers a free Hunter Safety Course which is recognized in all 50 states. This 10 hour course is open to everyone and will cover the basics of hunter safety and ends with an exam that you must pass to complete the course. Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Who Must Take The Course

IL Dept of Natural ResourcesOn 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 he or she presents a valid Hunter Education Certificate of Competency issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Safety Education Division or another state.

Many states are now requiring adult hunters to furnish evidence of having completed a Hunter Education Course prior to issuance of a non-resident license. An Illinois Hunter Safety Education certificate is accepted by all other states.

How To Take The Course

Instructor-led Classes - The traditional and preferred hunter education method is through a 10 hour instructor-led class and demonstrations. Classes may be a few hours a night for 2-4 nights or a full weekend class. The final class will end with a test to pass the course. This type of class is free, unless there is some form of activity provided that the student may choose to participate in.

The Illinois Hunter Education Program consists of a minimum of ten hours of instruction. The educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. These courses cover the basics of:Illinois Safety Education Programs

  • hunter responsibility and ethics
  • tree-stand safety
  • firearms and ammunition
  • field safety
  • first aid
  • bowhunting
  • muzzleloading
  • wildlife conservation and identification
  • state regulations

Persons completing the minimum 10 hours of instruction and successfully completing the final examination will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch.

There is no charge to participate in our Hunter Safety Course. Please call us at 219-515-2197 for upcoming classes, registration and details.

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Monday - Saturday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Evening Hours Available by Appointment

Closed Sunday

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