Basic Hunter Education
The Basic Hunter Education (HE) courses provide training in firearms safety, wildlife conservation, as well as, respect for our natural resources, landowners, and other hunters. Graduates receive lifetime certification recognized by all states, Canadian provinces and Mexico. Since originating in about 1950, nearly 30 million students have completed the Basic Hunter Education training in the United States. Conclusive evidence shows that the HE course has dramatically reduced hunting related firearms accidents — up to 75% in some states — and has brought about positive change in hunter skills, attitudes and behavior.
The Board of Game passed regulations requiring that hunters born after January 1, 1986 must be HE certified to legally hunt in units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20 or be under the direct immediate supervision of an adult (16 years old and up) who is HE certified. In addition, Hunter Education certification is required before anyone may legally hunt in the following areas in Alaska: A) the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and B) all army military lands. In Southeast Alaska, on the Mendenhall Wetlands near Juneau, hunters 15 years old or younger must have HE or be accompanied by an adult.
The Basic Hunter Education certificate is valid in any state where hunter education is required to purchase a license. Basic Hunter Education classes are taught by dedicated volunteer instructors who commit valuable time and expertise to providing instruction to over 1,500 Alaskans of all ages each year. The next time you have a safe and enjoyable hunting experience be sure to thank a volunteer.
Hunter Education certification classes are typically a one day or two evening event. The Basic Hunter Education course requires completion of the Basic Hunter Education workbook before attending class. The certification course is competency based and requires that each student demonstrate their ability to safely handle firearms under field conditions, demonstrate a basic level of proficiency in a live-fire exercise, and pass a written exam. (A portion of the course is outside so please dress accordingly.)
In addition to the Basic Hunter Education certification, the Division of Wildlife Conservation offers Alaskan hunters opportunities to become certified bow and muzzleloader hunters. Many draw hunts near urban areas are for archery and muzzleloader hunters only. Hunters may not draw a tag unless they have successfully completed a bow hunting or muzzleloading certification course approved by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
For more information call 907-267-2241.