Sportsman Education

Sportsman education teaches future sportsman and sportswoman how to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters and trappers. After successful completion of the required course(s), students will receive a certificate of qualification that must be used when purchasing a first-time sporting license.

All courses are free to take and are taught by DEC-certified instructors. Although primarily offered for first-time hunters or trappers, anyone is welcome to attend a sportsman education course, whether it is for a refresher or an interest of the topic.

You can find course near you at Sportsman Education Course Schedule Online Registration

Save the dates!!
Hunter Safety Courses are scheduled at the Dansville Fish and Game, the Archery course will be held on Friday August 22nd, and Saturday the 23rd. The Hunter Safety Course (gun) will be held the following weekend, Friday August 29th and Saturday the 30th. Please note that this last weekend is also Labor day weekend, so you don't double book your plans. More details will be available soon!

Replace a Lost Certificate

Call 1-888-HUNT-ED2. You will be asked for your name, date of birth, type of course you took and when and where you took the course. Certificates dated earlier than 1980 cannot be looked up.

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