Time is running out for new hunters to get a hunter education certificate – that’s anyone born after 1968. Normally you must go online to sign up for a hunter education class. The TWRA lists the upcoming classes on its website at www.tnwildlife.org in the hunting section.
Students must be at least nine years old to earn a certificate; they should bring a pencil and their Social Security number (mandatory). Do not bring a gun. Other classes may be added at any time, so check often.
Are you having trouble scheduling the time for a hunter education class? There is an online alternative with an online written exam and a required field day for live shooting; but, now there also is an exemption to the field day for those 21 years or older. The following steps are required:
Complete one of the online classes at www.tn.gov/twra/hunting/hunter-education.html. These courses cost $29 and are interactive, narrated, and offer daily (including weekend) live customer service via email or telephone. Complete the form provided for the field day exemption and mail, fax or email it with required documentation and payment ($12) to the address listed on the form. To request a form offline contact the Hunter Education Coordinator at 615-781-6538. Your certificate will arrive in three to five business days after submission.