From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
-- Obtaining a Kentucky hunter education course completion card is easy to overlook until it is too late for the start of hunting seasons.
Hunter education courses are not required for children under the age of 12, although a child must be at least 9 years old to take the course. Those required to have a hunting license and born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, must carry a hunter education course completion card while hunting any species. This applies to Kentucky resident and non-resident hunters.
Hunters may obtain a one-time temporary hunter education exemption permit, but it is good for only one year from the date of purchase. A hunter education course completion card is good for a lifetime.
Hunter education courses are spread over 2 to 3 days. Training concludes with live range work. Online pre-registration is now available for hunter education courses in September and October, the two busiest months of the year.
Pre-registration helps hunter education instructors anticipate the number of participants in these courses. The instructors will also have contact information in case of an emergency course change or cancellation.
To pre-register for a course online, visit http://fw.ky.gov/navigation.aspx?cid=145.
Hunters without computer access can call (800) 858-1549 on weekdays for more information.
A temporary hunter education exemption permit is available to all hunters for a fee of $5.The exemption permit is good for one year only and cannot be renewed. The permit is available online at the department's website.