Hunter education classes start this spring

VERMONT — If you or someone you know would like to go turkey hunting this spring, but they have never taken a hunter education course, this is the time to act. Vermont’s volunteer hunter education instructors are now holding a limited number of courses throughout the state. 

A person must pass the hunter education course before they can purchase their first hunting license.

“Many of these courses are held in August and September, but our volunteer instructors will be holding courses this spring to help new turkey hunters, as well as anyone else who wants to take a course now,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Coordinator Nicole Meier. “Our volunteer instructors teach because they are passionate about hunting and want to ensure that Vermont’s safe hunting legacy continues.” 

Anyone of any age is permitted to take the course. The class content, exam and paper and electronic materials are written at a grade 6 reading level. Courses are available in basic hunter education and combination hunter-bowhunter education. Meier says she expects more classes to be posted in the future, so check the VF&W website at On the Home page, click on Hunt and then Hunter Education and Find the Right Class for You. To register for a course, go to

A Vermont hunter education card entitles you to hunt in all 50 states, as well as some international locations.

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