WHAT IS A COLORADO HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
A Colorado Hunter Education Certificate proves that you’ve obtained the knowledge needed to hunt safely, responsibly, and ethically, within the state of Colorado. All hunters in Colorado who were born on or after January 1st, 1949 are required to get certified.
WHERE CAN I GET MY COLORADO HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE?
You can obtain your Colorado Hunter Education Card by completing a Colorado Parks and Wildlife-approved course. Courses can be taken either in-person or by completing a combination online + conclusion course, depending on your preference.
In-Person Course Option
Instructor-led classroom courses are available in counties across the state and take a minimum of 10 hours to complete. In-person courses may take place in a single session or over multiple days. Upon completing the classroom course, live-fire exercise, and final test, students will be issued their hunter education certificate.
Online Course + Conclusion Course:
Hunters can obtain their Hunter Education Course by completing a combination course, which includes an online portion and in-person conclusion course. Upon completing the online portion, students will complete a shorter 4-6 hour classroom course and a live-fire exercise. Once all portions of the course have been completed, including the final exam, students will be issues their Hunter Education Certificate.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET A HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE IN COLORADO?
There is no minimum age to complete a hunter education course in Colorado, and obtain your Hunter Education Certificate.
YOUTH HUNTER OUTREACH PROGRAM
Colorado’s youth hunter outreach program offers young hunters the opportunity to learn about hunting and basic hunting skills and firearm safety in a safe and controlled environment. The program is led by trained staff and volunteers and includes clinics, seminars, and in-field hunts. The youth hunts offered through this program include small game, big game, waterfowl, and turkey hunts.
For more information on the Youth Hunter Outreach Program, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
Is my Colorado Hunter Education Certificate valid in other states?
The Colorado Hunter Education Certificate will be accepted in any US state, province, or country which also requires mandatory hunter education, meaning hunters who have obtained their Colorado Hunter Education Certificate may use it to hunt in other states. This is known as “reciprocity”.
What's the difference between a Hunter Education Certificate and a Hunting License?
A Hunter Education Card proves that you’ve obtained the knowledge you need to hunt safely and ethically in Colorado, and is different from a Hunting License. The Hunting Licence is similar to a permit and is required to hunt any game animal within the state. Different licenses and permits may be required depending on which game animal is being hunted.