Hunting Course Requirements (From WI DNR Website)
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. However, if they will be hunting under the hunting mentorship program or they have successfully completed and have proof completing basic training in the U.S. armed forces, reserves or national guard, they do not need a hunting safety course certificate to purchase a license.
Hunter education graduates receive a certificate that is accepted in every state, Canadian province and Mexico.
For Wisconsin residents, a first time graduate may use the Wisconsin hunter education certificate in lieu of a small game hunting license from the date of issuance until March 31 of the following year. Those qualifying do not need to purchase a small game license, the certificate is the license for the established time period.
The hunter education course instills in students the knowledge and skill to be a responsible and safe hunter. The basic course consists of 10 lessons during a minimum of 10 hours. Students learn how hunting accidents are caused and how they can be prevented. Hunter responsibility and safety are stressed throughout the classes, which consist of lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises, and individual study and activity assignments. Hunter education course manual [PDF]
Length of course: Minimum 10 hours. The average length is 18 hours.
Cost of course: $10 per student
Where: De Pere Sportsmen's Club - Club House
When: I know it's still winter, but, think spring. The De Pere Sportsmen's Club will be conducting their spring Hunter Education classes on April 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th. Classes will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the exception of the 26th which will start at 5:00 pm. All these classes are mandatory. All sign up must be done online. Go to the DNR web site located here and click the enroll button to sign up for the up coming class. In addition to the online enrollment, there will be a mandatory registration at the club on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at which time you will be given your study material and pay a $10 fee. These spring classes fill up quickly, so don't hesitate too long.
Additional Questions: Dennis Dugre at 920-494-9227 & Rick Allcox at 920-819-2574
Other Courses: Visit the DNR website for additional course offerings: http://dnr.wi.gov/education/outdoorskills/safetyeducation.html
Below are Hunter Safety students during the Fall 2015 Field Day event sponsored at De Pere Sportsman's Club. They are shooting 22 rifles and trap with a 20 gauge shotgun during the event. One group of students are also taking a field test.