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Hunter Education

Hunter Education and Firearms Safety Course

The Portage Hunter Education Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Portage Rod & Gun Club, will be conducting a Hunter Education and Firearms Safety Course in Portage.

See the Events page for course dates.

Age Requirements

There is no minimum or maximum age requirement. However the student must be at least 12 years old in order to purchase a hunting license, and be able to hunt, and the student must be at least turn 12 years old during the upcoming hunting season to receive the "free" benefits allowed first time graduates. State law requires that a person under the age of 16 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while in possession of a firearm or bow and arrow unless the person has successfully completed a Hunter Education Course and is at least 14 years old. This law applies to target practice with firearms as well as hunting. No one under the age of 12 may hunt or possess a firearm. A Hunter Education Certificate is required for everybody born after Jan. 1 1973 in order to purchase a hunting license in the state of Wisconsin. If planning a hunt outside the State of Wisconsin be aware that some states require a Hunter Education Certificate of all hunters, regardless of age, including nonresidents, in order to purchase a hunting license.

Course Content

The Hunter Education Course contents include firearm safety in the home and field, first aid, survival, wildlife management, hunter ethics, hunting skills, and hunting and firearm safety law's. Firearms will be fired on the range but are not required to be provided by the students.

Registration & Fees

Pre-register at the DNR website on the Hunter Education page. There will a $10.00 fee to be paid on the first night of class. The student needs there DNR customer ID number the first night of class as well.

Students will receive a basic Hunter Education Graduate Certificate, and a distinctive embroidered emblem. First time graduates will also receive a free Small Game license, and a free antlerless deer carcass tag, good for the upcoming hunting season only.

A preview of class materials and preparation for the class is available at

For Additional Information

For further information contact
Tom Nicholson at (608) 745-4868 Conservation Warden Paul Nadolski at (608) 635-8126 or
Jeff Weishoff (608) 212-7572


Other area classes will be posted weekly on the DNR web site:

Additional Reading

Here is a hunting safety article that has some advice for beginner hunters. Hunting Safety at Home and Beyond

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This is a picture of my turkey that I shot in the fourth season. I also want to thank you for being my instructor and to tell you that I'm having lot's of fun!

This turkey had a 10 inch beard and weighed 21 pounds.

Thank you,




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