Information

On this page you will find the most commonly asked questions about the Hunter Education course. Scroll down the page and look at categories or look for individual questions click on the + symbol to expand the question and review answers.

GENERAL INFORMATION

This course is designed for novice or young hunters, ages 9 years and above. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided. The Hunter Education Classroom Course lasts a maximum of 6 hours of classroom instruction. This time does not include registration, breaks, test administration and certification card distribution. Courses are offered across the state year round and are taught by certified volunteer instructors.

The fee for the certification is $15. Some instructors may apply additional charges for the class, such as range or facility fees. Pre-registration is required. Check with the instructor for directions and any special instructions prior to going to class.

Be sure to verify with the instructor that the class you are registering for is the Classroom Course.You may also contact your local Texas Parks & Wildlife Department office or call TPWD Austin headquarters at 1-800-792-1112, ext. 4999.

Latest Update

Training CREW will be offering through Cabela’s TPWD Hunter Education courses on the dates listed below.

We are going to run TPWD Hunter Education Classes @ Cabela’s – Allen, TX on:

October 24, 2021
November 7, 2021
November 21, 2021

These classes generally fill to capacity very quickly. If you are seeking the best Hunter Education training in the metroplex look no further then Cabela’s, Allen, TX.

All Instructors as well as the Webmaster are volunteers certified by the State of Texas to teach Hunter Education – as such most all Instructors have families and regular day jobs that command much of their time.

DO NOT HESITATE to use the contact form or information on this website to reach out to an Instructor directly.

— Training CREW Staff

At Texas Training CREW we welcome all Adaptive Students as well as those with learning challenges.

As long as we can work with a student who has a positive attitude and a desire to learn we will take all the measures within reason to ensure that no one will not pass the course due to Adaptive or learning challenges.

As an Instructor with dyslexia I fully understand and relate to those with dyslexia and other reading problems as well as the challenges they face in the classroom. I pride myself by understanding these issues and working with students to overcome these problems in the classroom without attracting the attention of other students as I know how frustrating test taking can be. – Lindsay Hodgdon, Instructor

Training CREW and its members take great pride in providing the best in Adaptive Firearms Safety Training in the Nation.

We look forward to working with all Adaptive or learning challenged individuals that want to learn and expand their knowledge regarding Hunting, Firearms Safety and the outdoors.

If you have questions or wish to talk to our instructors some of whom are Adaptive themselves please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

As an Adaptive Shooter myself the road to becoming an Instructor was challenging but rewarding. It is my pleasure to be part of the Training CREW so that I can instruct others that might have challenges in Firearms Safety training and personal protection. – Ken Carden – Instructor

The cost of the TPWD Hunter Education course is $15.00 as outlined by statue and the State of Texas.


As stated the minimum age for certification is 9 years old. That being said TPWD and Training CREW recommend that Parents and/or Guardians of students not classified as teenagers attend the course with their children/students.

Cabela’s, TPWD and Training CREW view Hunter Education as an investment into the safety of the student as step in becoming a safe hunter.

We feel it is important that parents / guardians fully understand what information is being presented to their children / students so that after the class they can discuss the information further to help provide the safest hunter possible.


The minimum age for a student to be certified as “Hunter Education Certified” is 9 years of age.

Student MUST be 9 years of age on or before the date of the class.

Classes and certifications CANNOT be post dated.


When you arrive at Cabela’s you may ask the door greeter to provide you directions to the Hunter Education Class and they will be happy to assist you with finding the conference room where class will be conducted.

The classroom will be located in the North East corner of the Cabela’s store. From the greeter’s station turn left and head east towards the check out area. At the end of the check out area you will find a room to the left with a large wooden sliding door. This room will be the conference room and will be our classroom for the TPWD Hunter Education class.

If you have trouble finding the classroom reach out to ANY Cabela’s employee or inquire at the customer service desk and they will happily help you locate the conference room / classroom.

All parents/guardians of students under 17 years of age, MUST accompany their student to the classroom and must be present at sign-in to fill out state required paperwork.


Lunch and the cost of lunch is not included with the TPWD Hunter Education Course. 45 minutes will be allotted for lunch. There are many food service vendors in the immediate area surrounding Cabela’s, Allen, TX.

Students are allowed and encouraged to bring their own lunch if they wish.

Students that are adults or escorted by a parent/guardian may leave the classroom to obtain lunch offsite but lunch will be scheduled for 45 minutes so as to keep the class on schedule.

Class will begin promptly after the allocated 45 minutes for lunch.

WE RECOMMEND THAT STUDENTS PURCHASE THEIR LUNCH TO GO AND COME BACK TO THE CLASSROOM SO WE CAN HAVE A WORKING LUNCH TO KEEP CLASS ON SCHEDULE.

Students may bring their lunch back to Cabela’s and may eat their lunch in the classroom.

For a list of food providers around Cabela’sCLICK HERE

You don’t need to bring anything to class but your desire to learn.

Cabela’s and Texas Training Crew will provide everything needed in the classroom.

Please leave at home all electronics, firearms, ammunition, bows, knives, etc. Anything that might be a distraction to you or others is not needed in the classroom.

You will receive as a student your own set of classroom materials that will be yours to keep and take home for reference materials.

Pen’s, Pencil’s and everything else will be provided.

** For information on Firearms, Ammunition and Bows in the classroom please see elsewhere in this FAQs under CLASSROOM the policies on Firearms, Ammunition, etc.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

In short the State of Texas has taken over registration and to register one must do that from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Departments online registration system.

Once you register we receive notification of your registration and your slot in the class is secured.

At the moment the only payment option is to pay in the classroom at start of class.

Below is listed the forms of payment we accept

CASH

CHECK **

MONEY ORDER **

** If paying by Check or Money Order please do not fill in payable to information until you come to the classroom we will have that information at that time.

CREDIT CARD ***

DEBIT CARD ***

*** Credit/Debit cards will be accepted with an additional $1.00 convenience fee.

The cost of the TPWD Hunter Education course is $15.00 as outlined by statue and the State of Texas.

REGISTRATION FORM QUESTIONS

It is critical that you enter the correct date of birth information when registering.

Successful completion of the Hunter Education course is a legal certification for the student and a students age must match that of their drivers license or State issued ID card.

In the case of minors, children or those that do not have a drivers license or State issued ID card, if a student did not enter the correct date of birth information at registration, then the certification would not be valid if the student acquires a drivers license or State ID card at a later date.

Because successful completion of the Hunter Education class results in a legal certification for the student it is suggested that when registering yourself or another student, you must use their legal name. The name used for registration should be the legal name as it appears on birth certificates or government issued identification cards and drivers licenses.

State Drivers License information is used to obtain a state hunting license and it is critical that the hunting license information match the drivers license or ID card the same as it is critical to have the hunter education information match the hunting license and the drivers license or State issued ID card.

Training Crew does not catalog or care about Gender and/or Ethnic Background but the State of Texas and the United States Federal Government require that these fields be completed at registration.

Once a Texas citizen acquires a drivers license or State issued ID Hunter Education information then is assigned to the drivers license or State issued ID for the life of the student.

REGISTERING A MINOR OR CHILD THAT DOES NOT HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE OR STATE ISSUED ID.

If you are registering a child or minor that does not have a drivers license or State issued Identification card then leave the “DRIVERS LICENSE” “Recommended” box empty or blank.

A phone number is required for registration so that either Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and/or the classroom Instructors can get a hold of students to alert them of changes before the class or to assist with issues during or after the class.

I AM REGISTERING MY CHILDREN OR A MINOR – THEY DO NOT HAVE A PHONE NUMBER.

Parents / Guardians may use their phone number when registering children and/or minors. It is recommended that Parents / Guardians use their cell phone number in case we must reach them during class.

IF REGISTERING MORE THAN ONE STUDENT THE SAME PHONE NUMBER MAY BE USED FOR ALL THE STUDENTS YOU ARE REGISTERING.

The phone number does not have to be unique and individual to each student as does the email address.

Many times we are asked why I need a password to register for the Hunter Education Class.

When registering for the Hunter Education class you are also creating an account with the State of Texas in which all Hunter Education information will be associated. The password is part of the account creation process.

If you forget your password there is a password reset function available.

The State of Texas registration form asks for an email address. If you have an email address for each person being registered please use it.

If you are registering a child or a registrant that does not have an email address please enter their name@noemailcabelas.com

NOTE: Email addresses on the State registration form must be UNIQUE to each student registered. YOU CANNOT USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS FOR MORE THAN ONE STUDENT.

Should you receive an error that the email address you entered has all ready been used make up another email address and use it. The email address is only needed to send you information should there be problems with the class. Unfortunately the email address field on the registration form is a mandatory requirement.

CLASSROOM

At Texas Training CREW we welcome all Adaptive Students as well as those with learning challenges.

As long as we can work with a student who has a positive attitude and a desire to learn we will take all the measures within reason to ensure that no one will not pass the course due to Adaptive or learning challenges.

As an Instructor with dyslexia I fully understand and relate to those with dyslexia and other reading problems as well as the challenges they face in the classroom. I pride myself by understanding these issues and working with students to overcome these problems in the classroom without attracting the attention of other students as I know how frustrating test taking can be. – Lindsay Hodgdon, Instructor

Training CREW and its members take great pride in providing the best in Adaptive Firearms Safety Training in the Nation.

We look forward to working with all Adaptive or learning challenged individuals that want to learn and expand their knowledge regarding Hunting, Firearms Safety and the outdoors.

If you have questions or wish to talk to our instructors some of whom are Adaptive themselves please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

As an Adaptive Shooter myself the road to becoming an Instructor was challenging but rewarding. It is my pleasure to be part of the Training CREW so that I can instruct others that might have challenges in Firearms Safety training and personal protection. – Ken Carden – Instructor

Training CREW and its members provide training in the following areas:


Texas Parks & Wildlife Department training

TPWD Hunter Education Certification training

TPWD Bow Hunter Education training

TPWD Tree Stand Education training

TPWD Angular Education training

TPWD Boater Education training


NRA training

NRA Basic Pistol


Training CREW and Texas Training CREW are a group of dedicated Instructors that provide professional safety training with an emphasis on Firearms Safety Training, Hunter Education, First Aid/AED/CPR and Personal Protection.

The Training CREW website may be found HERE

Training CREW is available for training at other locations than just Cabela’s


There will be NO live firearms in the classroom.

All training will be conducted using specifically designed training firearms that will not shoot. Training CREW will provide all the training aids necessary for training we ask that you please do not bring any personal firearms to class or in the classroom.

This policy applies to State of Texas “License To Carry” (LTC) holders as well as to Law Enforcement (LEO) unless in uniform and on duty.

If you bring personal firearms to class you will be asked to remove them to your personal vehicle and not be allowed to bring them into the classroom.


There is NO live ammunition allowed in the classroom at any time.

No ammunition in classroom policy includes those licensed by the State of Texas as “License To Carry” and Law Enforcement officers unless in uniform and on duty.

All ammunition for the class will be “dummy” rounds and will be provided by the Training CREW.

Please do not bring live ammunition into the classroom. If you should bring live ammunition into the classroom you will be asked to remove it to your personal vehicle.

TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
HUNTER EDUCATION

You may find all the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) Hunting Rules, Regulations as well as information and rules and regulations on Fishing, Trapping and other outdoor activities regulated by TPWD are also found in their yearly publication titled “OUTDOOR ANNUAL”

The TPWD OUTDOOR ANNUAL is available for review online or for download – HERE.

The TPWD OUTDOOR ANNUAL is also available as an app for both iPhone and Android – more information is available – HERE.

The TPWD OUTDOOR ANNUAL is also available in print at Cabela’s and other fine retailers that sell Texas Hunting Licenses.

It is recommended that anyone Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, etc., obtain and review a copy of the TPWD OUTDOOR ANNUAL as this is the document that the game wardens are going to hold you accountable for the information contained therein.

All Certified Hunter Education Instructors are volunteers and as such they can only dedicate so much time towards teaching Hunter Education courses. If you are in need of Hunter Education Certification and must have it before the next scheduled class presented by the Training CREW you may visit the OFFICIAL Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website and search for other classes in the area that might accommodate your needs.

The official TPWD website may be found HERE

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

For Texas Hunters that successfully completed a Texas Hunter Education course and received their certification – To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Hunter Education Certificate/Card, go to https://tpwd.elementlms.com.

For those who received their Hunter Education in another state and not in Texas, all states have an online method of replacing a lost, destroyed, or damaged Hunter Education Certificate/Card. Search out the agency that governs Hunter Education in the state with which you initially received your Hunter Education credentials and go to that state’s website for more information.

Hunter Education Certification is a legal status governed by legal statute. Therefore, a student seeking Hunter Education Certification MUST be 9 years of age on or before the physical date of the Hunter Education course.

If a student has a birthday one day or more after the completion of the course they are NOT eligible for Hunter Education Certification and there are no exceptions to this rule.

Please do not ask for an exception or variance on this policy.

Click HERE to be taken directly to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department FAQ page.

Anyone who hunts in Texas and was born on or after September 2, 1971. (Other states have different age requirements. You must check with them to find out what they are).

For Example: Colorado and Kansas, EVERYONE who hunts regardless of age MUST have Hunter Education Certification.  

Anyone who hunts on Federal Land ( Grasslands – Corp of Engineer Land – etc… ) regardless of age MUST have Hunter Education Certification.

All States in the union recognize and accept Texas Hunter Education Certification

Canada and many other jurisdictions also accept Texas Hunter Education Certification

If traveling to regions to hunt that you are unfamiliar with it is recommended that you review that regions rules and regulations before arriving to hunt.

Not as long as he/she is under the direct control and supervision of an adult.

At age 17 he/she is required to successfully complete a Hunter Education Certification course.

Direct control and supervision means they are hunting with in a few feet of the adult the entire time. Generally within normal voice talking distance.

It is the responsibility of the adult hunter to check with their local game warden for clarification of “Direct Control” – you do not want to get a ticket for this rule.

More information may be found in the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department – Outdoor Annual – Located HERE

If in doubt – why not just become Hunter Education Certified hunter?


The minimum age for a student to be certified as “Hunter Education Certified” is 9 years of age.

Student MUST be 9 years of age on or before the date of the class.

Classes and certifications CANNOT be post dated.