Basic Hunter Ed Option 2 - Internet Course
Complete your hunter education coursework online with one of three private vendors. All three courses allow you to study and take the exam for free, with a fee due only when you are ready to have the vendor certify your successful completion. The State of Delaware has reviewed and approved these interactive courses but receives no portion of the vendor’s fee.
New hunters learn safety, ethics, firearm types, Delaware laws and regulations, loading/unloading, safe handling and transportation of firearms, field skills involving blinds, boats and tree stands, zones of fire, obstacle crossing, operation of safeties and shotgun live firing.
Click on one of these Delaware approved courses to start your online course:
Upon your successful completion of the course, the vendor will create a “Field Day Entrance Voucher” authorizing you to take part in the “hands-on” field day training for internet course graduates, which is required for final hunter education certification by the state. There is no charge for field day training.
After you print out your voucher, go to Delaware’s Hunter Education Online Access to sign up for your "Basic Hunter Ed: Field Day for Internet Course Graduates Course." You must print out your Field Day Entrance Voucher and bring it with you to the field training.
Delaware law now requires all basic hunter education course participants to participate in a live firing experience with a trained instructor. Live firing of shotguns requires a liability release signed by students 18 or older or a notarized signature of parents / guardians of students under the age of 18. For more information about the Delaware Hunter Education Program and scheduled courses, click here or call (302)-735-3600 ext 1.
NOTE: Do not bring ammunition or guns to class - both will be provided.
Items needed for class:
Certificate of Completion/Voucher from online course.
Eye and ear protection (safety glasses and hearing protection)
Dress for the weather (We will go outside to shoot)
Bagged Lunch (optional)
Failure to send in the Liability Form could result in a student not being able to participate in the class.
Students must be at least 10 years old to be certified. Parent must accompany students under 12.
Please call 302-735-3600 (Ext.1) with any questions.
Mandatory Trapper Course
Trapper education is a mandatory prerequisite for purchasing a Delaware trapping license for all persons born on or after January 1, 1978. Class and Field work sessions include trapping history, heritage and ethics, furbearing animals of Delaware, trapping equipment, boating safety, hypothermia, practical water sets, hands-on instruction, how tides affect sets, proper skinning techniques, fur handling and how to market furs. Classes are generally held at the end of November.
Mandatory Trapper Education: Online Option
Delaware also accepts two online trapper education courses that can be found at Trappered.com (Illinois Basic Trapper Education Course and Kansas Furharvester Education Course - No fee)
NOTE: Upon completion of any of the accepted online courses, students are asked to mail or e-mail their certificate of completion to the Hunter Education Office so that records can be updated. (Please include a phone number where the Hunter Education Office may call, in case there are any questions.)
Address: Hunter Education Office
6180 Hay Point Landing Rd.
Smyrna, DE 19977
Phone: (302) 735-3600 Ext. 1
International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP)
Though not a Delaware requirement, this special course is required in many other states and provinces for bowhunters. Participants in this course learn bowhunting methods, game trailing and recovery, field experience, bowhunting safety, reading game signs, safe use of tree stands, calling, field dressing, and more.
Youths under the age of 14 must attend with a responsible adult.
Live firing and a signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation.
Young Waterfowlers Program
Always a favorite, these courses (approximately 20-30 hours) provide youths between the ages of 12– 16 with exposure to the complete waterfowl experience.
Covered in the class is everything from waterfowl ID, biology, blind construction and safety, decoy use, duck calling, camouflage technique, boating safety, bird recovery, laws and regulations, language and tradition, firearms, ammo and equipment . The course includes basic hunter education and finishes with an actual mentored waterfowl hunt. Participants must be hunter education qualified prior to hunting.
A signed liability release and advance online registration are required for participation.