Maryland Hunter Education Independent Study

The Maryland Hunter Education Program offers two programs for Independent Study. The Internet Based Course and Home Workbook Course. Both provide an alternative delivery method of the Hunter Education Course.

Hunter Education
Internet Based Course


Schedule early

Do not wait until September, or later to schedule your Field Day Workshop to complete your certification. All classes may be full or have been completed by that time.

If you wait until last minute, you might not be able to hunt this year.

The Internet based course requires that the student satisfactorily complete an Internet based course of study. Once the student has successfully completed the internet course, the student must complete a mandatory one day Hunter Education Field Day Workshop which includes lectures, hunter safety skills demonstration, range skills demonstration, including live firing and a final exam in order to complete all state requirements

Basic Guidelines

You must be 13 years of age or older to participate in this program. Upon successful completion of the Internet course, you will be issued a voucher to attend the field day workshop. (You print this voucher on your printer) The Internet course procedures are as follows:

Hunter Education Field Day Workshop

  1. Students must bring their on line voucher with them to the workshop.  Failure to present this voucher will prohibit you from continuing in the program.
  2. You will be required to provide a photo ID and proof of age upon arrival (driver’s license or copy of birth certificate). Failure to provide these two requirements will prohibit you from continuing in the program.
  3. You will participate in a lecture covering hunter ethics, basic firearm safety and handling, and tree stand safety.
  4. You must successfully complete a 50 question Maryland specific exam with a minimum score of 80%.
  5. You will participate in field exercises which will include firearms handling and live firing. You will be evaluated in each of these activities. These activities take place outside, so dress accordingly.
  6. Students will not bring firearms and ammunition to the workshop.  Firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection will be furnished.  If you prefer, you may bring your own ear and eye protection.
  7. Upon successful completion of all of the above and approval of the instructors you will be issued a Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunter Safety which allows you to purchase a hunting license.
  8. The field day workshop may last 4 to 6 hours, depending on number of students.

Registration Information

Please carefully read the registration instructions below, as instructions for each location may differ. You will be required to provide your voucher number when you pre- register and must present it to the instructors on arrival at the field day workshop. Registration for all Hunter Education Field Day Workshops closes two weeks prior to the workshop date.

NOTE: The Internet Study Course must be successfully completed prior to pre- registration for a field day workshop.

Click here to go to the Internet based hunter education site.

Field Day Workshop listing


Frederick IWLA
4719 Reels Mill Rd,
Frederick MD

Dec. 2, 2014 7:30am

Student must pre-register, (IN PERSON and DO NOT CALL)  at least 2-weeks prior at the following:

Gun Shack/Crosswind
101 South Main St. Mt Airy, MD
Hours of Operation
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri  10:00AM-8:00PM

Closed Sun and Mon

  • Student must be 13 years of age (prior to completing the Independent Study Program). You will be required to present a photo ID, which includes a birth date, at the time of registration and when you report to the classroom /field program.
  • Independent Home Study students must complete the study guide in its’ entirety and present the completed guide to the Regional Senior Instructor/Chief Instructor when arriving for the classroom/field program. 
  • Internet students must bring a signed copy of their Maryland Internet Voucher that they get when they complete the Internet portion of the course.

Class Limited to 65


Fort Frederick State Park

11100 Ft. Frederick Rd. Big Pool, MD 21711
Dec. 7, 2014 9 am to 2:30 pm


Fort Frederick State Park

11100 Ft. Frederick Rd. Big Pool, MD 21711
Dec. 18, 2014 9 am to 2pm

Last updated December 1, 2014

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