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Our Program

Uwharrie Youth Sportsmen wants to make sure that we take the time needed to ensure that the future hunters that come through our program has a thorough understanding of firearm safety and their responsible to it.  Although the state only requires 6 hours to complete the class, our classes general take 8 hours.  One of the reasons for this, is that we like to get the class engaged with different scenarios to make the student think about  situations that they may find themselves in.  We find that this engagement really helps the student learn the content and retain the information not only for the test, but for the hunt!

We also feel that it is important that the students is given a chance to get their hands on the different types and styles of firearms that are taught about in the material.  Although this is not required, it is recommended to all of our students especially since our focus is on youth.  So we have "dummy" firearms in each class that we teach.

We understand that there is a lot of content to cover in each class, so to make the things flow better we incorporate technology and props.  This also aides in keeping things fun and keeping the attention of our young students.

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General Information

The Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission provides free hunter education courses throughout the year in every county.  More than a firearm safety course, instruction includes ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

There are no minimum age requirements, however, classes are taught at a sixth grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. Courses are a minimum of 6 hours, taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors, and certification is accepted in every state and province in North America.

Due to hunter education, hunting accidents have decreased by over 50% during the last twenty years making hunting one of the safest recreational activities.


Ready to get signed up?

Please contact us to let us know you are interested so we can get you and your child in our next class!

Uwharrie Ridge Hunter Safety Team

Interested in being on the Uwharrie Ridge Hunter Safety Team?  Are you a student at Uwharrie Ridge 6-12, Tabernacle Elementary or Farmer Elementary?  Then what is holding you back?


History of Hunter Education in North Carolina

Hunter Education Courses have been offered and taught in North Carolina since 1960. Hunter education was placed directly under the Division of Enforcement in 1972. On July 1st, 1991 the Hunter Education Course became mandatory. On or after July 1st, 1991 a person regardless of age, may not procure a hunting license or hunt in the State of North Carolina without producing a certificate of competency or a hunting license prior to July 1st, 1991.

Our Hunter Education Manual is one of the most up-to-date and widely used manuals throughout the United States. The minimum requirement for certification is a six-hour course. The Hunter Education Course must cover the following:

  • Hunter Responsibility
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Firearms
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Survival and First Aid
  • Tree Stand Safety

The Hunter Education Manual covers all this and more. There are nine (9) chapters in the manual. In addition to the subjects we just mentioned are:

  • Game Care
  • Specialty Hunting
  • Water Safety