OLYMPIA – Beginning June 1, 2022, the minimum age requirement to take the all-online hunter education course in Washington state will increase to 18.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife implemented an all-online hunter education course for students nine years of age and up. The online only option will now only be available for those 18 years of age and up.
The traditional classroom course is still available for all youth. These are traditionally multi-session instructor-led training courses with an average of 15 hours of instruction. This format is recommended for young students and students seeking a valuable classroom experience.
“Recognizing the importance and value of in-person and hands-on firearm safety instruction, WDFW’s goal has always been to move back to, or towards, in-person course delivery when it made sense to do so,” read a statement from the WDFW.
All individuals born after January 1, 1972 must show proof of hunter education certification before purchasing their first Washington hunting license.
“We recognize that this change may take some time to get used to, and we are committed to offering as many in-person courses as we can,” said the WDFW.
Sign up for in-person hunter education today by visiting the following link: Hunter education training | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife