Hunter Education

What is the purpose of Hunter Education?

Hunter Education is a free course designed to teach hunters of all backgrounds and experience levels how to be respectful of wildlife, people, the environment and themselves while hunting.

The need for Hunter Education was identified through engagement with Indigenous governments and organizations, who wanted to see a course developed that would help prevent wounding and wastage of game.

When does Hunter Education become a requirement?

Starting January 1, 2020, all Resident and Non-Resident hunters will be required to take government-issued Hunter Education training prior to being issued a hunting licence in the Northwest Territories (NWT), under the Wildlife Act.

Do I have to take Hunter Education?

Hunter Education is recommended for all harvesters, regardless of experience level.

You are exempt from having to take Hunter Education if you:

  • are exercising an established or asserted Aboriginal right to harvest in the NWT in areas where you have harvesting rights
  • hold a General Hunting Licence
  • are a resident that has held a NWT resident hunting licence in the previous 5 years
  • a resident who can prove they held a hunting licence in another Canadian jurisdiction in the previous 5 years
  • a resident who can prove they have passed a hunter training course from another Canadian jurisdiction
  • a hunter using a licensed guide or outfitter
  • successfully challenge and pass the examination without taking the course

How do I take the course?

An online version of the course will become available in fall 2019. Check back here for updates.

The course is also available in-person, by request. There will be a minimum participant requirement.

You can also challenge the exam without taking the course.

What is included in the course?

The course has seven modules:

  1. The Responsible Hunter
  2. Ecology and Wildlife Management
  3. NWT Hunting Laws, Acts and Regulations
  4. Hunting Skills
  5. Planning and Preparation
  6. The Hunt
  7. Survival Skills

Where can I get more information?

For more information on Hunter Education, contact