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Hunter Education Requirements

You are required to complete hunter education before buying a hunting license if:

  • you are 12–15 years of age, or
  • you have not previously purchased a regular hunting license.

This section shall not apply to:

  • persons while on horseback hunting foxes with hounds but without firearms;
  • hunters under 12 years of age, who must be immediately supervised by a licensed adult.

You may also purchase an apprentice hunting license without completing hunter education. Learn more about the apprentice license »

Virginia accepts and recognizes all states’ and countries’ hunting licenses and official hunter education credentials for the purpose of complying with mandatory hunter education requirements. These may be in the form of an identification card or certificate.