Pennsylvania Hunter Education Courses Slated For Summer

Pennsylvania Hunter Education Courses Slated For Summer

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, PA – -( With sales of the 2009-10 license set to begin in mid-June, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is reminding all first-time license buyers to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course now.

To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission’s website (, select the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the homepage, and then follow the instructions.

With the support of thousands of volunteers, HTE courses are being held throughout the state. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required for many classes, so contact information is provided. Online registration also is available for most courses offered by the agency.

Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, most HTE classes last at least 10 hours over two or more days, and participants must attend all instruction before taking the test at the end of the course. Youngsters must be at least 11 years old to receive HTE certification.

Successful completion of a basic Pennsylvania HTE class, or another state’s equivalent course, is required by state law to obtain a first-time hunting or furtaker license, regardless of age.

Registrations also are being accepted for the independent study version of the basic HTE program, which is available for those 11 years of age or older. A fee of $1.59 may apply if applicants order a printed copy of the study manual, which also is available online free of charge.

In addition, registrations are being accepted for two other educational programs offered by the Game Commission, “Successful Bowhunting!” and “Cable Restraint Certification.”

The Successful Bowhunting course is a one-day voluntary training program for those seeking to expand their skills and knowledge of bowhunting. While voluntary in Pennsylvania, certification for this course may be required by other states. The course fee is $18, and students will get to keep the independent study materials provided as part of the course.

The Cable Restraint Certification course is required for those trappers seeking to participate in the annual trapping season in which cable restraints are used to capture coyotes and foxes. The course fee is $15, and students will get to keep various education materials and one legal cable restraint provided as part of the course.

In 1959, the Game Commission began offering a voluntary hunter safety program, and about 25,000 students participated in that program annually. Beginning in 1969, the General Assembly required all first-time hunting license buyers under the age of 16 to successfully complete a four-hour hunter education course. The course requirement was expanded to six hours in 1977. The program became mandatory for all first-time hunting license buyers regardless of age in 1982.

Finally, in 1986, the safety program was increased to 10 hours of class time and trapper training was included. The name of the program also was changed to Hunter-Trapper Education, and was required for all first-time furtaker license buyers, too.

Since 1959, more than 1.8 million students have been certified through this course.

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  • 62 thoughts on “Pennsylvania Hunter Education Courses Slated For Summer

    1. i was wondering where i can take the hunter safety course in PA? if so can i have a link to help me find where i can take the course?

      1. As of 1/23/10 PA Game Commission is in between classes and has not listed the class schedule for 2010.

        When they do it will be found on this page here: PA Hunter Ed Classes

        TIP: You will have to read and review their online Independent Study Guide, so if you want to get a jump on the class you can read through it at the previous link.

        Welcome new hunters!

    2. All states require a safety course before a license can be issued and organizations such as the N.R.A. ( to which I belong) to your local gun clubs are encouraging the youth of today to enjoy hunting, but what a bitch it is to find an open class without traveling 100 miles one way!!!! just venting.

    3. I’m wondering what documents my daughter needs to provide on the first day of hunter-trapper education? I’m thinking of s.s. card and birth certificate.

    4. I am looking to get my hunting license. Where can I take the course? I am 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Thank you.

    5. Where is the next Hunter Safety Course near Pottstown, PA? Is there a certain age that you dont need to take the course and be able to obtain a license?

    6. I took a PA hunter safety course in 1977, is there any way I can get proof or record that I took that? The only thing I have is the patch I received when I completed the course.

    7. I’m working with my 16 year old grandson to get our hunters safety certification. Please let me know of the 2011 schedule for Centre County. If there is a class still in 2010 in Centre County, I’d be interested in that. Thanks.

    8. i am looking for hunter safety courses online or not does not matter but could you tell me where and when. as in the location of the place or the name of the online course. Thank You.

    9. I have tried to schedule and event for my kid. Apparently, from being on here about 2 years ago for my other child, I have an account already. I can’t remember the password and the hint doesn’t help! Now I can’t create a new account or register or anything! I hate this kind of thing. So frustrating!!!

    10. Could you send me some information on how to sign up for the hunter safety course here in Bradford County? My son is 13 years old and would like to take the class.
      Thank you.

    11. Do I need to take a separate class for trapping if I already took my hunters safety course? My permit says hunter-trapper education.

    12. I live in york pennsyvainna and evry time I hook on the link for hunter safety coarses it does not connect. Does anyone know who I can call, where or how I can get this safety coarse so I can get my 13 and 15 year old boys in the wood!

    13. I am looking for hunter safety classes in the berks county area for this year. I have two grandsons that are anxious to hunt this year.

    14. Do you have the dates for up coming dates for hunter safety courses in Montgomery county?
      Thank you,

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