Mandatory Hunter Education: Requirements and Options in Tennessee

Mandatory Hunter Education Requirement

  • Eligibility: All hunters (resident or nonresident) born on or after January 1, 1969, must have proof of successful completion of a Hunter Education course.
  • Acceptance of Certifications: Hunter Education certifications from all states are recognized.
  • Exceptions: Hunters under 10 years of age are exempt but must be accompanied by an adult aged 21 or over. This adult must be capable of taking immediate control of the hunting device.

Online Hunter Education Course

  • Eligibility: Available for individuals aged 9 and over.
  • No Field Day Required: The course can be completed entirely online without any in-person component.

Steps for Online Course Completion

  1. Choose and Complete an Online Class:
    • NRA Course: Free.
    • $34.95.
    • $29.00.
    • $49.95.
  2. Certificate: After successful completion, print your Tennessee Hunter Education Certificate.
  3. Go Hunting: With the certificate, you're ready to hunt.

Traditional Hunter Education Course

  • Format: An in-person class.
  • Course Length: The traditional course is an eight-hour session.
  • Content Focus: Emphasis on firearms safety.
  • Cost: Free of charge.

Locating a Traditional Course

  • How to Find: To locate a traditional hunter education course near you, contact your local TWRA office or visit

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