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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Change in Hunter Education Beginning June 1

Photo Credit: Glen Oakley

OLYMPIA – Beginning June 1, the minimum age to take the all-online hunter education course will increase to 18.

In 2020, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife implemented an all-online hunter education course for students at least 9 years old. Recognizing the importance and value of in-person and hands-on firearm safety instruction, WDFW’s goal has always been to move back to, or towards, in-person course delivery when it made sense to do so.

While the COVID landscape is still a bit uncertain, things are getting back to normal.

They recognize that this change may take some time to get used to, and we are committed to offering as many in-person courses as we can. Sign up for in-person hunter education today: https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/requirements/education/basic