“WHEN I’M OUT THERE… EVERYTHING IS THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE.”
– Shelley P, Spring TX –
TEXAS YOUTH HUNTER SAFETY COURSE
Official Texas Parks & Wildlife Online Hunter Safety Course for 9-16 years of age. The HUNTINGsmart! Texas Youth Hunter Course is narrated, animated and includes live action video that’s perfect for all ages. Available to all students 9-16 years of age.
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Watch, Listen & Learn
Take the course anywhere, on any device, at any time.
HUNTINGsmart!'s Texas Hunter Education Course is designed for all ages and skill levels. Our animated, narrated and live action videos guide your learning experience and help you pass. Study from your Smartphone, Tablet or Desktop and switch between devices at any time. HUNTINGsmart! automatically tracks your progress so you can start, stop and study at your own pace.
GET YOUR OFFICIAL TEXAS HUNTER EDUCATION CARD
Print your temporary Hunter Education Certificate immediately.
Print your temporary Texas Hunter Education Certificate immediately after passing the final test. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education Certificate will be available for download from the TPWD website in 1-2 weeks. Once obtained your Hunter Education Card is good for life.
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TEXAS HUNTER EDUCATION CARD
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to take a hunter safety course to hunt in Texas?
A Texas Hunter Education Certificate is required for anyone who hunts game within the state, born on or after September 2nd, 1971, including out-of-state hunters.
What is the minimum passing score?
You must obtain a minimum of 80% of the module quizzes in order to move on to the next module, and a minimum of 75% in order to successfully pass the final exam.
How old do you have to be to get certified in Texas?
For those aged 9 through 16 you must take the online course, pass the exam, and take a minimum 4-hour field-day course. For those aged 17 and over you must take the online course and pass the online exam (those born before September 2nd, 1971 are exempt).
How much does it cost to become a certified hunter in Texas?
The standard cost for a single hunter is $29.95. This includes the online course, exam, and your certification. For hunters under the age of 17, a field course is also required for certification. The cost of this course is $15.
Does getting my hunter safety certification mean I have a hunting license for Texas?
No. You will need to purchase an annual hunting license from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department once you complete your safety course. A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper’s license).
Does the HUNTINGsmart! Course meet IHEA Standards?
Yes. The HUNTINGsmart! online hunter safety course complies with IHEA-USA standards and meets the mandated hunter safety requirements of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
What animals can I hunt in Texas?
The major game animals in Texas are white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, gray or cat squirrel, red or fox squirrel, collared peccary or javelina, and alligators.
What are the restrictions for hunting in Texas?
There are regulations and restrictions around game and non-game animals, public and private lands, seasonal and weaponry. Learn more about Texas hunting laws and regulations.
How do I replace a lost or damaged Hunter Education Course Completion Certificate?
If you need to replace a lost or damaged course completion certificate, log in to your course dashboard and print a new copy.
How do I replace a lost or damaged Hunter Education Certification Card?
If you need to replace a lost or damaged Hunter Education Certificate, visit http://tpwd.elementlms.com.
Who is HUNTINGsmart!?
HUNTINGsmart!® is a leading provider of online hunting education in North America and is approved by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) and recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Part of the Campfire Collective outdoor recreation learning platform, we’ve been delivering award winning online education courses since 2003 and have certified more than 700,000 outdoor enthusiasts. HUNTINGsmart! is accredited and approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to deliver the Official Texas Hunter Education Course.
How long is the online hunter safety course?
It will take approximately 4 – 6 hours to complete the course (including module quizzes) and final exam.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX, 78744
Trusted from field to stand, Texas approved
The official HUNTINGsmart! Texas Hunter Education Course is approved by Texas Parks & Wildlife, the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) and recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
HUNTINGsmart! has delivered Texas State Approved online hunter safety education since 2018. Our courses are designed and developed by real hunters, subject matter experts and instructional design educators. We’ve certified more than 700,000 outdoor enthusiasts online and are proud to be the choice of hunters from field to stand.