Hunter Education

Each year approximately 30,000 persons successfully complete a Michigan hunter education course. Successful completion of this class is required for all first-time hunters born on or after January 1, 1960. Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Michigan. It provides citizens with millions of pleasurable hours of wholesome, challenging outdoor recreation. Most hunters develop an intense appreciation for the wilderness, wildlife and a clean environment through their participation in hunting. The challenge of becoming a sportsperson becomes a lifelong quest. Most hunters know the lasting fun of hunting comes only when it is conducted safely and responsibly. Safe hunting begins with hunter education.

Hunter education courses teach new hunters firearm safety, responsibility, ethics, wildlife conservation and wildlife identification, game care, survival and first aid. Courses are offered year-round throughout the state. The program is funded in part through the Federal Pittman-Robertson tax on archery equipment and handguns and is made possible by a partnership between more than 2,700 Michigan volunteer hunter education instructors and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division. These volunteers give freely of their time and talents to share their love of Michigan's natural resources and the sport of hunting. Hunter education instructors work to plant the seeds of sportsmanship in each student.

The aim of hunter education is to preserve Michigan's hunting tradition. The responsibility for the future of hunting begins with you. It is the careful and courteous hunter who is helping preserve our hunting heritage for future generations. The goal of Michigan's Hunter Education Program is to train responsible hunters while further reducing the number of hunting incidents. Nearly all hunting incidents can be prevented if hunters remember the three keys to safe firearm handling:

We teach and live the NRA 3 rules for safe gun handling:
1: ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3: ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Safety Thru Education!

Very important during hunting is to make certain of the target and beyond before pointing or shooting

2019 schedule:

June 27           Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
June 28 Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
June 29 Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

September 26 Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
September 27 Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
September 28 Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration dates:

June 23 Sunday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All students will receive their classroom materials at pre-registration.
Class fee - $10

You can also contact Julie Sisk at 269-635-3705

More Information Available:
email us for more information
check calendar for upcoming dates
visit Michigan DNR webpage for more information
visit Indiana DNR webpage for more information