LDWF reminders hunters of mandatory Hunter Education Certificate

Carly John
Beauregard Daily News

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to remind hunters of the mandatory hunter education course required for hunters born on or after Sept 1, 1969. 

While they encourage every hunter to take a hunter education course if you were born on or after September 1, 1969, you must satisfactorily complete an LDWF-approved hunter education course and receive Hunter Education Certification prior to hunting in Louisiana, unless you are under direct supervision of a qualified person.

A qualified person is a Louisiana licensed hunter born before September 1, 1969, or a person 18 years of age or older who has a valid unrestricted Louisiana hunting license or proof of Hunter Education Certification. Direct supervision means the person being supervised is within normal audible voice contact and in direct line of sight of the supervising person at all times while hunting.

Hunters must be at least 10 years old to receive Hunter Education Certification in Louisiana.

A Hunter Education course will be available this month in Leesville.

However, even certified 10- and 11-year-olds must be supervised while hunting.

Youth younger than 10 may take the course, but they are not eligible to be certified and will have to retake the course to obtain certification when they reach 10 years of age or older.

Hunter education is available to everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, or national origin. Your Louisiana Hunter Education Certification is valid for life.

The goal of Louisiana’s Hunter Education Course is to prevent hunting incidents and ensure the future of hunting by teaching hunters about their responsibilities and roles in conservation.

The course covers firearm and hunting safety, wildlife management principles, ethics, game identification, and outdoor survival. LDWF staff and volunteer instructors teach hunter education. Volunteers undergo background checks and receive training and oversight from LDWF staff.

The Louisiana’s Hunter Education Course can be taken in one of three ways: in the classroom, online with additional field day component, or online only (for those age 16 and older).

For more information on classes visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/