Welcome to Ontario's Hunter Education Program!
Hunting is an ancient tradition and an integral part of our cultural heritage. The ancestors of today's human populations ensured our survival by hunting for food and clothing.
Today hunting is still an important activity for millions of people around the world. For many, it is still an important method of food gathering. For others, hunting is a recreational activity that provides an opportunity to further friendships and camaraderie, an opportunity to experience nature and relax in the outdoors and to make an important contribution to conservation.
Responsible hunters support the many rules that have been established to ensure that our wildlife populations are sustained and that hunting remains a safe activity.
The Ontario Hunter Education Program is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
In 1960, Ontario became the first Canadian province to establish a mandatory Ontario Hunter Education course that included training on safe and responsible hunting.
The Ontario Hunter Education Program will assist you to understand the natural world and become a knowledgeable and responsible hunter. The program provides introduction information about:
- ecosystems and wildlife management
- hunting laws and regulations
- hunter responsibilities
- identification, biology, management of and hunting techniques for big game, small game and waterfowl.
- hunting and survival equipment
- the hunter's role in society.
The program also reinforces the firearms safety information contained in the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
New hunters of all ages must take hunter education training and pass an exam before they can purchase their first hunting licence.
More than one million individuals have successfully completed hunter education training.