South Texas Marksmanship Training Center
STMTC periodically offers Texas Parks & Wildlife Department certified
hunter education classes at various facilities.

Hunting is safe and getting safer! Hunter education covers the skills,
regulations and responsibilities of hunting, wildlife conservation and the
outdoors. Texas hunter certification lasts a lifetime and is recognized by
all states and provinces requiring hunter education.

Hunter Education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and
identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility, and
outdoor skills. This course is particularly suited to novice or young hunters. All materials are
provided and subjects are covered in depth to enable the student to successfully complete
the Hunter Education certification process.

The traditional hunter education course averages 14 hours of instruction over two or more
days. The cost is $15. Courses are offered across the state throughout the year and are
taught by certified volunteer instructors. You need to make a reservation with the instructor
to attend a course. Check with the instructor for directions and any special instructions prior
to going to class.


The schedule of course offerings throughout the State of Texas:

Hunter Ed listed by city
Schedule of classes by date
Schedule of classes for the hearing impaired

Who is required to take Texas Hunter Education?
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must
successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 9
years of age.

If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:

* under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied*.
* age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must
be accompanied*.
* age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase
a “Hunter Education Deferral” and you must be accompanied*.

Please note that some federally controlled areas require all hunters using that site to have
hunter education certification. In Texas, this includes Corps of Engineers property and most
military reservations. Be sure to check with the specific area prior to going hunting.

Hunter Education Deferral (cost: $10) Allows a person 17 years of age or older who has not
completed a hunter education program to defer completion for up to one year. A deferral
may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year. A
person who has been convicted or has received deferred adjudication for violation of the
mandatory hunter education requirement is prohibited from applying for a deferral. Take the
course by August 31 of the current license year and receive a $5 discount. The one-time
Hunter Education Deferral is available at license vendors and went into effect September 1,

* Accompanied means: By a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who
has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971), and you must be
within normal voice control. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person
while hunting. Note: Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.

Online Study plus One-day Field Course
This course is primarily for the adult hunter who has been shooting and hunting for a
number of years. Take advantage of your years of experience and knowledge to enable you
to successfully complete the online homework assignment and field course activities. There
are several ways to take part of your Hunter Education course online. All online study
options require you to complete a one-day field course ($15) to complete your certification.

To gain entry into the One-day Field Course, you will be required to bring your quiz results
from the TPWD or IHEA course, the Field Day Qualifier Exam Certificate and final exam from
Today’s Hunter, or the Field Day Voucher from No matter which option
you choose, you must still attend the One-day Field Course testing ($15) to receive your
final certification.

One-day Field Course
Taken after completing an online course, the required One-Day Field Course includes a
skills trail, live firing exercise, ethics presentation, review and final exam. The field course is
typically 4 to 6 hours. You must pre-register for this course with the instructor.
Schedule of
Field Courses

Online course options
FREE TPWD online course + $15 one-day field course = $15 total
FREE International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) online + $15 one-day field course =
$15 total

Bowhunter Education
Bowhunting is a challenginig sport! This type of hunting is done at a much closer range and
requires a high degree of stealth, perserverance, patience and effort. Bowhunters must
become adept at scouting, tracking and recovering game. Bowhunters must master new
archery techniques and learn the anatomy and behavior of the game. Before attempting to
use archery equipment as a hunting tool, each bowhunter should become a proficient
archer. This requires dedication, practice and good distance-judging ability.

Texas bowhunters have the opportunity for additional training through a special course
offered by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department through the International Bowhunting
Education Program and the National Bowhunting Education Foundation. Please remember
that bowhunter education certification does not substitute for Texas Hunter Education

IBEP Traditional Course
Classes by City
Classes by Date

Nationally-approved Online Course

Bowhunter Home Study Field Course
Schedule of Field Courses

Resources for Hunter Education Students

Shooting Sports Opportunities

Become a Hunter Education Instructor
The Hunter Education Program's goals are to reduce hunting related accidents and
violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting
traditions and values. We now have more than 2,900 instructors, who include game
wardens, volunteers and professional educators. These volunteer instructors certify an
average of 30,000 students per year.
Steps to instructor certification

Frequently Asked Questions about Hunter Education

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744
Toll Free: (800) 792-1112, Austin: (512) 389-4800

You can also get more information, become a huntmaster, take classes and even go on
hunts with
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