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Official Illinois
Hunter Safety Course

ilearntohunt.com is a delegated provider for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois safety education card

You need hunter education to purchase a hunting license in the state of Illinois if you were born after January 1, 1980.

This course is approved by IHEA-USA and the state of Illinois.

Get Illinois Hunter Certified in 3 Steps

Pass the $49.95 Interactive Course

Learn and test your hunting knowledge while you venture through this fun, interactive hunter safety course.


Complete the Field Day

Hunters under the age of 18 are required to attend the Field Day to complete hunting safety certification.


Get Your Illinois Hunter Education Certificate

Hunters 18 years of age and older can print their permanent Hunter Education Certificate after successfully passing the course. Hunters under 18 years of age will need to print their proof of online course completion and bring it to the Field Day.


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Start your Interactive Hunter Safety Course now and get your hunter education card today.

Why Take This Course?

Other Courses
Illinois–Approved hunter education
No minimum time requirements
Complete the course in under 3 hours
Real-life situations
Role-playing simulations
Final exam

Take your Hunter Safety Course with you!
Download the app!

Developed to support students, this app is the mobile component to the web-based course. Learn on the go and start earning your Illinois Hunter Education Certificate wherever you are!

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The Only Interactive Hunter Safety Course Approved by IHEA-USA and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

This interactive course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Official course provider approved by:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271

Hunter Education Certificate

The Hunter Education Card

The Hunter Education Card is proof that you have successfully completed the online component of the state-mandated hunter education requirements.

Get Started

Start your Interactive Hunter Safety Course now and get your hunter education card today.

The Only Interactive Hunting Course


Illinois-Approved Hunter Safety Education

Our interactive hunter safety course satisfies the online component of your hunter education requirements established by IHEA-USA and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

No Minimum Time Requirements

Students complete our interactive courses faster than our traditional courses. Why? There are no timers—ever!

Complete Your Hunter Education Quicker

Instruction that engages the brain using both words and images has been shown to significantly increase student retention and comprehension. When you combine interactive learning with no time requirements, it's easy to see why students are choosing this course!

Real-Life Situations

Make choices for your character that will earn you awards and allow you to move through levels by applying what you’ve learned about hunter safety throughout the challenges.

Role-Playing Simulations

We made sure to include plenty of realistic simulations to keep you engaged along the way. Earn achievement badges as you master trip planning, emergency preparation, and safety operations. Crack all the levels, and you will be awarded your Hunter Education Certificate.


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Illinois Hunting Laws and Regulations

Who is required to complete hunter education in Illinois?

According to Illinois law, all hunters born after January 1, 1980, purchasing a Illinois hunting license must complete hunter education certification to hunt in Illinois.

Is completion of the Illinois state agency-approved course required to buy a hunting license?

Yes, Illinois requires that hunters born after January 1, 1980, complete a course approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and IHEA-USA before a license will be issued.

Reciprocity

All U.S. states, provinces, and other countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Illinois Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Illinois will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as "reciprocity.")

Frequently Asked Illinois Hunting Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Illinois ilearntohunt Course cost?

The Illinois ilearntohunt Course fee is $49.95.

Taking the Course

Do you need Illinois hunter education?

If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, you need this certification to purchase a valid hunting license in Illinois.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Illinois ilearntohunt Course?

You do not have to be a resident of Illinois to take this online course.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Illinois ilearntohunt Course approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources?

The Illinois ilearntohunt Course is approved and accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Is my Illinois Hunter Education Certificate accepted elsewhere?

All U.S. states, provinces, and other countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Illinois Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Illinois will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Final Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the Final Exam to pass. You have 2 attempts to pass the Final Exam. If you do not pass the exam in the 2 attempts given, you will be required to repeat the entire course. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Illinois ilearntohunt Course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print your proof of online completion and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to bring this document with you to your Field Day.

What is the permanent Illinois Hunter Education Certificate?

If you are 18 years or older, the Hunter Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the hunter education requirements and allows you to legally purchase a hunting license in Illinois.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will receive the Hunter Education Certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources after you successfully complete the Field Day.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Hunter Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost or destroyed Hunter Education Certificate, hunters age 18 and older can log in to the course and print a new one.

Hunters under 18 years of age (when they registered for the course) who successfully completed their online course and received their Hunter Education Certificate after attending the Field Day can order a replacement at https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/safety/Pages/Look-Up-Your-Safety-Certification.aspx.

Get Started

Start your Interactive Hunter Safety Course now and get your hunter education card today.

Customer Service

Your ilearntohunt course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM CST and
Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)