Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the West Virginia Hunter Safety Practical Exam voucher?

A. The West Virginia Practical Exam Voucher is issued once you have completed the West Virginia Online Hunter Safety Course. The voucher is your admission ticket into a West Virginia DNR Hunter Safety Practical Exam where you will complete your hunter safety exam and obtain your West Virginia Hunter Education Certificate.

Q. Is the West Virginia Practical Exam Voucher the same as a Hunter Education Certificate?

A. No. The Practical Exam Voucher is proof that you have passed the online hunter safety course and allows you to take write a Practical Exam, where you will be issued a hunter education certificate once you have successfully completed the final hunter safety exam.

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

A. The traditional West Virginia Hunter Education Course is about 12 hours in length and is usually given over a number of weeknights and/or weekends. With the online hunter safety course, you can do all of the course work from home. You will only need to write a Practical Exam in order to obtain your West Virginia Hunter Education Certificate.

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

A. Depending on your age, you may require a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a West Virginia Hunting License. For more information you can check out the West Virginia 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 West Virginia Hunter Education Certificate?

A. The West Virginia Hunter Safety Course can be completed in 4 Steps:

  1. Study the free Online Hunter Safety Course
  2. Pass each chapter's hunting safety test
  3. Purchase the Practical Exam Voucher
  4. Attend a West Virginia DNR Hunter Safety Exam to get certified.

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

A. The online hunter safety course is available to you at any time of the day, every day of the week.

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

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

Q. How do I purchase the Hunter Safety Practical Exam Voucher?

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

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 West Virginia requires most hunters to take hunter education courses, and to follow the 10 rules of firearm safety at all times when hunting.

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


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