Hunter Safety

Maryland Hunter Education Course

The goals of Maryland's Hunter Education Programs include the reduction of hunting accidents and violations; promotion of safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting activities and to continue the traditions of the hunting experience. In 1966 Maryland started with a voluntary program of hunter education. In 1977, the Maryland legislature made it mandatory for all first time hunters to complete a hunter education course .
Course Description The Maryland Hunter Education Course is a minimum of 10 hours in length. Most classes run 12-14 hours. Students must attend all sessions of the class to pass. Most courses require that youngsters under the age of 14 attend with a participating adult.

The course includes instruction in:

  • hunter responsibility, firearms and ammunition,
  • firearm handling and safety, marksmanship and shooting fundamentals,
  • principles of wildlife management, bow hunting, muzzle loader hunting,
  • tree stand safety, safety and first aid, water safety, and Maryland legal requirements.
In order to pass the course, students must pass a 50 question multiple choice test with a grade of 80%, demonstrate to the instructor that he or she can safely handle a firearm through practical exercises and participate in live firing. Students must also be recommended by the instructor to obtain certification by demonstrating responsibility and the maturity to be a safe, responsible and ethical hunter.

Class Times:
Thursday & Friday from 6:30pm - 10pm Saturday 7:30am - 2pm

Dates Offered:

March 15,16 & 17 August 30, 31 & September 1
April 26, 27 & 28
September 20, 21, & 22
May 24, 25 & 26 October 18, 19 & 20
July 26, 27, & 28 November 1,2,& 3

Location: Frederick Chapter Izaak Walton League

Cost:
$10 per person

Hunter Safety

Maryland Bow Hunting Safety & Education Course

The Today's Bow hunter course on bow hunting safety is the official online bow hunter education course (IBEP) of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the National Bow Hunter Education Foundation. Maryland accepts this independent study method which is a two-part process:

This online course, completed on your own time and your own schedule, followed by a Field Day Exercise and Testing led by Maryland Certified Bow Hunter Education (IBEP) volunteer instructors.

Visit the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources bow hunter safety web page to learn about Field Day options and contact information in your area.

Class Times:
Saturday 7:30am - 2pm

Dates Offered:

June 2, 2012
July 21, 2012

Location: Frederick Chapter Izaak Walton League

Cost:
$10 per person