Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the New York State Hunter Safety Home Study Course Voucher?

A. The New York State Home Study Course Voucher is issued once you have completed the New York State Online Hunter Safety Course. The voucher is your admission ticket into a New York State Hunter Safety Home Study Course where you will complete your hunter safety training and obtain your New York State Hunter Education Certificate.

Q. Is the New York State Home Study Course Voucher the same as a Hunter Education Certificate?

A. No. The Home Study Course Voucher is proof that you have passed the online hunter safety course and allows you to take part in a Hunter Safety Home Study Course, where you will be issued a hunter education certificate once you have successfully completed all activities and the final hunter safety exam.

Q. What is the advantage of taking the Online Hunter Safety Course?

A. With the online hunter safety course, you can do the bulk of the course work from home in an interactive and engaging online environment. Thanks to HUNTERcourse.com's professionally narrated course content, detailed illustrations and over 60 interactive animations, you will have fun learning all the aspects of hunting and firearm safety as you prepare for you New York State hunter safety Home Study Course.

Q. Do I need to take this course to obtain a hunting license?

A. All first-time hunters must have a hunter education certificate to obtain a New York State Hunting License. For more information you can check out the New York State Hunting License and Hunter Education Requirements Page.

Q. What steps do I need to take to complete the Online Hunter Safety Course and obtain my New York State Hunter Education Certificate?

A. The New York State Hunter Safety Course can be completed in 4 Steps:

  1. Sign up for the Home Study Course
  2. Pass each chapter's hunting safety quiz
  3. Purchase the Hunter Safety Home Study Course Voucher
  4. Attend a New York State DEC Hunter Safety Home Study Course to get certified.

Q. When can I take the Online Hunter Safety Course?

A. The online hunter safety course is available to anyone at any time. However we strongly recommend that you locate a Hunter Safety Home Study Course in your area before you get too far into the online course. Home Study Courses might be difficult to find in certain areas, so plan ahead!

Q. How do I pass the online hunter safety course?

A. In order to pass the online hunter safety course and get your Home Study Course Voucher, you must pass each chapter quiz with a grade of at least 80%.

Q. How do I purchase the Hunter Education Home Study Course Voucher?

A. Once you have successfully completed the hunter safety course you will be permitted to make payment for the Home Study Course Voucher. The one-time course fee is $24.95.

Note – Remember you must FIRST sign up for a Home Study Course prior to taking the online hunter education course.

Q. Why is it important to learn gun safety and take a hunter safety class?

A. Contrary to popular belief, hunting is one of the safest sports around. This is mainly due to the fact that most hunters take gun safety and hunting safety very seriously. Careless or reckless behavior while hunting can lead to serious injury to one self or to innocent bystanders. This is why New York State requires most hunters to take hunter education courses, and to follow the rules of firearm safety at all times when hunting.

Q. What is the NYS DEC Summer Camp?

A. For those students who are enrolled in a NYS DEC Summer Camp, you do NOT need to register for a Home Study Course. The follow-up component of the online course will be delivered at the Summer Camp.

Q. What are the technical requirements to take the online hunter safety course?


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Browser Internet Explorer 7.0
Firefox 2.0
Chrome 3.0
Safari 2.0
Opera 9.0
Latest versions of Chrome,
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Operating System Windows XP or
Mac OS 9
Windows 7 or
Mac OS X
Screen Resolution 1024x768
Internet Connection dial-up high-speed