December 24th, 2018

FREE State-Approved Online Hunter Education Courses

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The NRA now offers FREE officially-approved Hunter Education Courses in online format. These allow you to fulfill many basic requirements for game tags and hunting licenses. The online courses can be conveniently completed wherever you have a web connection, saving you time and money. Currently, there are online Hunder Education Courses for seven (7) states*:

New Mexico
West Virginia

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Additional State Requirements — Field Days
The requirements and prerequisites for each course vary from state to state. Some states require officially-issued identification numbers before starting. Other states require additional “hands-on” instruction. For example, Florida mandates a Skills Day session, Oregon requires a separate Field Day qualification, and West Virginia has a mandatory Hands-on / written portion for hunter certification. For more information, visit the NRA Hunter Safety Education Page.

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Horn Fork Guides Ltd. in Colorado.

* The NRA plans to add online Hunter Education Courses for more states in the months ahead.

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September 1st, 2018

Get Important Hunting Information at

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Click Map to launch interactive webpage with info for all 50 states.

Going hunting this year? Need to find out about hunting licenses, deer tags, local regulations, and the best hunting areas? Then visit This website has an interactive map of the country. Simply click on a state to find the info you need. For all 50 states, the NSSF has compiled information about hunting license and permits, where to hunt, hunter education classes, laws and regulations and more. For each state you’ll also find a link for required applications and license forms. Have a safe and productive hunt this year.

Hunting license information Form Permit map NSSF

Hunting license information Form Permit map NSSF

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May 26th, 2017

Registration Open for YHEC National Championship in Raton, NM

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The 32nd annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) National Championship will take place July 23-28 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. The YHEC National Championship is the pinnacle of the YHEC program. Top-ranked individuals come together from across the country to compete. This event is the most advanced of all YHEC events — all participants to have completed a hunter safety course, as well as a YHEC event at the state level (if your state has one). This is a great opportunity for young people to work with skilled coaches (and enjoy the great Whittington Center facilities).

Do you know a youngster who might want to compete at this year’s YHEC National Championship? Registration is NOW OPEN!

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

NRA started the Youth Hunter Education Challenge way back in 1985. Designed to promote and encourage safe, lifelong hunting, over 1.2 million young people have participated in YHEC since its inception in 1985.

YHEC regional programs help kids 18 and under learn hunting, marksmanship, and safety skills. From rifle, bow, and muzzleloader shooting, to wildlife identification (see below), map & compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight (8) skill areas. This is a great program for parents and kids who want to go on family hunts together.

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

National Championship Program at NRA Whittington Center
Participants under 18 can either compete individually or on a team of five. There are eight mandatory events each participant must complete and be scored on: Hunter Responsibility Exam, Hunter Safety Trail, orienteering, Wildlife ID, .22 LR Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, and Archery. Competitors may also participate in a variety of special events that are hosted throughout the week. Coaches are also eligible to compete in events and re scored against other coaches nationwide. Each competitor must also possess a hunter safety card and have completed their state or recognized local YHEC event.

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

Photos courtesy and (Oklahoma).

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March 8th, 2010

Potterfields Donate $500,000 for Youth Hunter Education

Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA have donated $500,000 to the NRA Foundation’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is NRA’s “graduate studies” program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. This program uses simulated hunting conditions to reinforce and test a young hunter’s skills and safety practices. Since its inception in 1985, YHEC has reached more than a million young sportsmen and women.

From rifle, bow, and muzzleloader shooting at life-sized targets, to wildlife identification, to map-and-compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight skills areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game. State- and provincial-level YHEC programs, hosted by volunteer instructors, involve an estimated 50,000 youths each year. Top-ranked individuals advance to the annual NRA Int’l Youth Hunter Education Challenge event.

Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA remarked, “Brenda and I are excited to be able to assist the NRA Foundation in supporting this type of initiative to focus on developing tomorrow’s leaders today. Changing the future requires us to make the commitment in time or money to support these efforts.”

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MidwayUSA Offers Promo for Readers
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June 13th, 2009

Online Auctions Support Hunter Education

The Int’l Hunter Education Association Foundation (IHEAF) and announce a month-long, online auction of guns, hunting/fishing trips and other outdoor merchandise to benefit hunter education programs nationwide. The special auction, part of’s Heritage Partner Program, is an extension of the Hunting Heritage Trust’s “Treasures & Traditions” program. The auction will be featured on the home page.

The auction includes:

• Specially engraved IHEA 60th Anniversary Golden Boy .22LR
• Firearms from Mossberg, Savage, Henry Repeating Arms and FN
• Seven-day South Africa Safari from Zingelani Safaris
• Alaskan fishing trip from Safari Club Int’l (SCI)
• Argentina dove hunt from SCI
• Two guided, South Florida fishing trips
• PSE “Deer Hunter Set” compound bow
• Sentry 24-gun safe
• 3-day NASCAR Pass to Talladega from Realtree
• Custom loaded Hornady ammo and Hornady range bags
• Variety of outdoor equipment from Bushnell
• Benchmade knives
• Columbia Sportswear layered hunting parkas

IHEA Hunter Education

Hunter Ed Programs Serve 700,000 Students
Over 700,000 new students take hunter education classes each year. Chad Bisinger, IHEAF President, explains: “These classes are a vital link in introducing the next generation of outdoorsmen to safe gun handling and outdoor ethics. The proceeds from this auction will go directly toward making those classes more effective, helping classes better meet the needs of today’s students.” For more information on the International Hunter Education Association visit

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