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West Virginia Hunter Education Program

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All persons born on or after January 1, 1975 must first successfully complete a certified hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license. (Chapter 20-2-30a WV Code) When purchasing a hunting license, the person must present a certificate of completion to the agent issuing the license.
Hunting for Everyone!

The first hunter education class taught in West Virginia was in 1968. It consisted of a short talk and a movie. In 1971, West Virginia won the NRA award for outstanding contributions to the field of hunter education. Today the course takes an average of 12 hours to complete. Over 360,000 students have passed the course since it began. This could not have been accomplished without the help of over 500 trained volunteer instructors who donate hundreds of hours and thousands of miles each year.

The ten commandments of gun safety
  1. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  2. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.
  4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  5. Unload firearms when not in use.
  6. Never point a firearm at anything you don't want to shoot.
  7. Never climb a fence or tree or jump a ditch with a loaded firearm.
  8. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water.
  9. Store firearms and ammunition separately.
  10. Avoid alcoholic beverages and other mind altering drugs before and during shooting.

Hunter Education staff
  • Sgt. Tim Coleman, Charleston, 304 558-2784
  • Sgt. Bob Jones, Fairmont, 304 367-2720
  • Sgt. Vernon Nosse, Parkersburg, 304 420-4550
  • Sgt. Steve Rexrode, Romney, 304 822-3551
  • Sgt. John Barnes, Beckley, 304 256-6945
  • Sgt. David Trader, Charleston, 304 558-2784

Lost your hunter education card?

Contact your local license agent, pick up an application for a duplicate card, complete it and
mail it along with a $10.00 check or money order to one of the addresses listed on the application. To get an application on line, click here . If we cannot find a record of you
completing the hunter education class we will return your $10.00.

For information about classes in your area call 1-800-243-9968 or e-mail us at law@dnr.state.wv.us




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