Education & Outreach

Mississippi Hunter Education

Hunter Education works. Since 1950, when formal hunter safety programs were introduced, the number of hunting and firearms-related accidents has declined dramatically nationwide. In Mississippi, we know that our hunter education efforts have reduced firearms accidents and saved lives. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks offers hunter education classes free of charge at locations across the state. The hunter education course includes 10 hours of instruction. To obtain hunter education certification, students must be at least 10 years of age and must attend all classroom hours and pass written exam. 

All persons born after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. Also Effective July 1, 2000, anyone twelve (12) years of age and under sixteen (16) years of age must have a certificate of satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by the Department before hunting alone in this state. A child at least twelve (12) years of age and under (16) years of age may hunt without having the certificate of hunter education if the child is in the presence and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least twenty-one (21) years of age when hunting.

Duplicate Hunter Education Card

If you have lost your hunter education card, please follow this link to purchase a new duplicate card and download a temporary card. The fee for a duplicate card is $3.00.

Duplicate Card

To obtain a duplicate hunter education card without using a credit card please print the application form, complete it, and mail it in with $3.00. 

Download Application Form

Search for a Hunter Education Class 

* If a Hunter Education Class is not available in your area and a class is needed as soon as possible, Online Hunter Education Courses are available. Please see the information below to learn more about Online Hunter Education Courses.

Online Hunter Education Course

An alternative to taking the standard Hunter Education Class is the official Mississippi Hunter Education Internet Course (see Online Hunter Ed Course). The course is not intended to replace the traditional classroom course but is designed to work within the established course curriculum and allow the Hunter Education certification to be obtained throughout the year. The internet course allows the student to complete part of the course from any computer with internet access, and upon completing a pre-certification exam, the student then goes to a pre-determined classroom setting to complete the final three hours. This allows the student time for interaction with the instructor and completion of final testing. 

Students taking the internet course of Hunter Education will be tested in the last three hours of the course before being certified. If you have a question about how and where to complete the final portion follow our link or contact your regional office.

* The last three hours of the Online Hunter Education Course are available at any of our regional offices each week.  Students must pre-register for the class, click the following link . You must bring proof of online certification of completion.  It can either be a digital copy or paper copy.

Central Region - Every Friday 1 pm - 4 pm (601) 859-3421 - Must Register Online
South Region    - Every Friday 1 pm - 4 pm  (601) 783-2911 - Must Register Online  
North Region - Every Wednesday  12 pm- 3pm (662) 563-6221- Must Register Online 


The Hunter Education program is designed to:

  • reduce hunting and tree stand accidents
  • teach hunter ethics and responsibility
  • promote wildlife conservation
  • teach firearm safety

 Specifically, the course contents include:

  • hunter ethics and responsibility
  • history of firearms
  • rifles
  • shotguns
  • ammunition
  • gun handling
  • marksmanship
  • blackpowder and muzzleloading
  • bowhunting
  • wildlife identification
  • principles of wildlife management
  • survival
  • water safety
  • hypothermia
  • first aid
  • tree stand safety

 If you have any questions please call MDWFP HQ at 601-432-2181.

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