California Fish & Wildlife
Hunter Safety Education Program

California Hunter Education

In a continued effort to reduce firearm accidents, the State of California requires all first time resident hunters, regardless of age, to complete hunter education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before purchasing a hunting license.


Atwater, Merced, Mariposa & Surrounding Communities

Safety First Shooting Association will offer the Traditional 10 hour Hunter Education class throughout 2018. This class will not be every month so plan accordingly for draw dates and tags. This full length class will be offered over a day and a half format. This makes for a long day so please bring lunch, drinks, snacks and a learning attitude. Cost is $10 per attendee. Call Monica Musgrave at 209-652-4430 for more info. Classes are held at River Oaks Range Training Classrooms.

February 3rd, 1pm - 5pm
February 4th, 8am - 5pm

April 7th, 1pm - 5pm
April 8th, 8am - 5pm

June 2nd, 1pm - 5pm
June 3rd, 8am - 5pm

August 4th, 1pm - 5pm
August 5th, 8am - 5pm

October 6th, 1pm - 5pm
October 7th, 8am - 5pm

December 1st, 1pm - 5pm
December 2nd, 8am - 5pm


Atwater - Merced Communities

Atwater 2018 Hunter Ed Class Schedule

There are 3 Traditional Hunter Education classes held at the Atwater Community Center. All classes are 3 days, a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Thursday and Friday classes are 6:00pm to 9:30pm. The Saturday class is 9am to 1pm held here at River Oaks Range and consist of field simulations and live fire exercises. Class Fees are $14.00. The dates are as follows:


26 - 28


21 - 23


23 - 25

Students must pre-register by signing up at (
You may email instructor Lon Baugh at ( for more information about the Hunter Ed Program.

On-Line Course Alternatives

Home Study / On-line Classes approved by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to satisfy the classroom portion of the education requirements for hunter education certification are available for a fee. Upon completion of the course you will receive an On-line Course Completion Voucher. You MUST then attend a 4 hour "Follow Up" course to complete the program and receive your certificate. This "Follow Up" course is available at the Atwater Community Center on the 2nd Thursday of each month. To register for both the On-line Course and the Follow-up class, go to

Three websites offering the On-Line course are: - California Hunting Course - Educating Hunters Online - Fully certified by the IHEA (International Hunter Education Association) and by California for hunter education.

Information from the California Fish & Wildlife website begins HERE.
The City of Atwater website can be found HERE.

Certain individuals are restricted or prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition and/or dangerous weapons because of a court order or a prior conviction.   To participate in Hunter Education Training you must not be restricted or prohibited due to a court order, terms of probation, terms of parole, or violations of certain sections of law from possessing firearms, ammunition, and or dangerous weapons.