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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, including live shooting.  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 for a temporary Hunter Education Card.

Temporary Hunter Education Card Link

To obtain a duplicate hunter education 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 through out 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. Please call one of our regional offices to signup to finish the online hunter education class. You must bring proof of online certification of completion. Pre-registration is required for this class.

Central Region - Every Friday 9am-12pm 601.859.3421
South Region -   Every Friday 1pm-4pm 601.783.2911

Hunter Education Coordinators
For more information, please contact our regional Hunter Education Coordinators. 


Hunter Education Instructor Application

If you would like to become a Hunter Education Instructor, please fill out the Instructor Application and email to the Hunter Education Coordinator for your region. 


Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor  Workshops

North Region 

Matt Bostick -662-563-6222

 Elvis Presley State Park -06/30/15

 Hunter's Hollow - 08/08/15

 George Cossar State Park  - 10/17/15


Central Region 

Alan Mumbower or Karri Fulton -601-941-1317 or 601-432-2172

Roosevelt State Park - 02/28/15

Mahannah WMA - 07/18/15

Turcotte Range - 09/05/15


South Region  

Steve Parham or Lauren Thayer - 601-520-1692 or 225-435-9201

Gander Mountain - 03/21/15

MDWF&P South Regional Office - 6/13/15

Paul B. Johnson State Park - 08/08/15


Additional Information

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

 For more information about a hunter education class contact:

MDWFP, Hunter Education 

P. O. Box 451

Jackson, MS  39205-0451

1-800-354-5033 or your Regional Office

MDWFP Regional Offices 2014