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It’s time to think about taking a Hunter Education course

It may not feel like it, but hunting seasons are less than three months away. Early summer is the time to start thinking about obtaining Hunter Education certification.

In Nebraska, Firearm Hunter Education is required for anyone age 12-29 hunting any species with a firearm, air gun, or muzzleloader. Bowhunter Education is required for anyone age 12-29 hunting deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with archery equipment. Persons must be at least 11 to take any of Nebraska Hunter Education course.

There are two Hunter Education options:

  • Traditional classroom courses: Firearm, Bowhunter and Combination Firearm/Bowhunter courses are available.
  • Online courses: Combination Firearm/Bowhunter and Bowhunter courses are available. Persons age 11-15 must attend a Hunt Safe Session following completion of the online course to receive certificates. Those 16 and older receive certificates following completion of the online course; for them, taking the Hunt Safe Session is optional.

More information can be found at HuntSafeNebraska.org.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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