the official texas hunter education Safety course
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HUNTINGsmart! is the quickest, easiest way to do your Texas Hunter Safety Education online.
1. Take the course
Take the HUNTINGsmart! Official Texas Hunter Education Course, on any device, from anywhere. Our course puts you right in the stand through animated and narrated live action videos.
2. Ace the test
Take our TPWD approved online exam. The multiple-choice exam offers unlimited retries – you’re guaranteed a pass!
3. chase that buck
Once you pass the online exam you can print your temporary Texas Hunter Education Certificate and go hunting right away! Your permanent certificate will be available through TPWD in 1-2 weeks.
Note: Hunters aged 9-16 must also complete a field day.
Who needs a texas hunter education certificate?
Listen up y’all, this is important! Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education course. Minimum age for certification is 9 years.
Note: Hunters 9-16 years of age must also complete a field day.
Our course is approved by the International Hunter Education Association and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. We are proud partners of National Shooting Sports Foundation and Tread Lightly, a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors.
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Made for hunters, by hunters. The HUNTINGsmart! Course is the fastest, easiest way to get your OfficialTexas Hunter Education Certificate. Study at your own pace and we’ll automatically track your progress. We include 24/7 access, live customer support and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus, exclusive partner discounts.
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The most asked questions by our customers
DO I NEED TO TAKE A HUNTER SAFETY COURSE TO HUNT IN TEXAS?
A Texas Hunter Education Certificate is required for anyone who hunts game within the state, born on or after September 2nd, 1971, including out-of-state hunters.
DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE COURSE ALL AT ONCE?
No. The HUNTINGsmart! Course can be completed at your own pace. You can login and logout as needed. We’ll save your progress, so you can pick up where you left of each time.
DOES GETTING MY HUNTER SAFETY CERTIFICATION MEAN I HAVE A HUNTING LICENSE FOR TEXAS?
No. You will need to purchase an annual hunting license from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department once you complete your safety course. A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper’s license).
HOW OLD TO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET CERTIFIED IN TEXAS?
For those aged 9 through 16 you must take the online course, pass the exam, and take a minimum 4-hour field-day course. For those aged 17 and over you must take the online course and pass the online exam (those born before September 2nd, 1971 are exempt).
HOW LONG IS A HUNTER SAFETY COURSE?
It will take approximately 5 – 6 hours to complete the course (including module quizzes) and final exam.
WHAT THE MINIMUM PASSING SCORE?
You must obtain a minimum of 80% of the module quizzes in order to move on to the next module, and a minimum of 75% in order to successfully pass the final exam.
WHAT ANIMALS CAN YOU HUNT IN TEXAS?
The major game animals in Texas are white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, gray or cat squirrel, red or fox squirrel, collared peccary or javelina, and alligators.
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS FOR HUNTING IN TEXAS?
There are regulations and restrictions around game and non-game animals, public and private lands, seasonal and weaponry. Please refer to the Texas Parks & Wildlife website to find out more.
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