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Deer Hunting 101
Online Course

Learn how to deer hunt from the professionals by
completing the Official NDA Deer Hunting 101
Online Course.

The Official NDA Deer Hunting Course will teach you where to hunt, deer hunting tips and strategies, the best rifle for hunting deer, and much more.

Why Choose this Course?

Learn from Real Hunting Professionals

This course was developed by the National Deer Association (NDA) and is powered by the leading provider of online hunter safety courses for state agencies and consumers in North America. In this course, you will receive the most comprehensive deer hunting instruction available anywhere!

Easy Learning System

Videos and photos are included throughout the course to make information easy to learn and retain.

The Fastest, Easiest Way to Learn How to Deer Hunt

Easy, self-paced learning wherever you want it. The lessons are engaging and the course saves your progress wherever you leave off.

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NDA-Developed and Approved

This deer hunting course was developed to meet the NDA standards for safe and ethical hunting practices. Since 1988, NDA has worked to promote sustainable, high-quality deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through scientific research, hunter education programs, hunting advocacy, and active hunter recruitment. NDA is pleased to join Today’s Hunter in being your guide into successful deer hunting, and we know you’re going to find the experience enjoyable and rewarding.


Intro to Deer Hunting

You already have your own motivations for becoming a deer hunter and some sense of the rewards ahead. The NDA Deer Hunting 101 Course was developed by expert hunting educators to help you take the next step in your journey: into the woods on an actual deer hunt.

Whether or not you’ve been deer hunting before, our aim with this course is to show you the way, answer any questions you may have, and help you find success in the field.

Learn How to Hunt Deer Successfully

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Where to Hunt Deer

One of the more challenging parts of becoming a deer hunter is finding a good place to hunt. In this course, you will learn the proper way to search for private land connections, how to research public land opportunities, and where to locate quality map resources to assist you with the scouting process.


Where to Shoot a Deer

Your ultimate goal as a hunter is to make ethical shots. This course will teach you about the difference between lethal and non-lethal shots, the obstacles you may encounter when trying to find a clear shooting lane, and the tips and tricks you’ll need to make a smooth shot.

Deer Hunting Tips and Strategies

The majority of hunters start out when they’re young and learn from a friend or family member, but many successful hunters take up hunting later in life, oftentimes through exposure to firearms training or an increased interest in the outdoors.

For the novice deer hunter, the learning curve in the beginning can be steep. We developed our deer hunting course with you in mind. We will catch you up to speed on all the deer hunting tips and tricks you’ll need to know to be successful in the field.

Here’s a sample of some of the tips and tricks covered in full detail in the course:

  • The vital steps of preparation for the hunt
  • How to properly educate yourself about deer behavior, the environment, and more
  • How to secure private land lease arrangements and permits for deer hunting
  • How to obtain current state regulations
  • How to buy appropriate deer hunting clothing and gear
  • How to prepare blinds and stands for hunting deer
  • How to choose the proper firearm for deer hunting
  • How to sharpen your skills at the shooting range
  • What deer hunting accessories you’ll need
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Deer Hunting with a Bow

For the new deer hunter, bowhunting is a next-level challenge; it requires you to consider and plan for many additional factors. In fact, choosing a bow or crossbow for the first time can be as intimidating as the hunt itself. In addition to mastering new archery techniques, bowhunting requires a high degree of stealth, perseverance, patience, and effort. This course is designed to teach you the intricacies of bowhunting, beginning with the fundamentals. In this course, you’ll learn how to properly choose your bow and arrows, how to correctly shoot your bow, and the effective range you’ll need to shoot at to take your deer quickly and humanely.

The Best Rifle for Deer Hunting

Choosing a deer hunting rifle is as personal to you as finding a good-fitting pair of shoes or boots: one size does not fit all. In fact, firearms have individual traits that make them better or worse for specific situations. There is a wide variety of firearms and calibers for hunting deer. In this course, we will cover everything you need to know about choosing the best rifle for deer hunting, where to purchase your firearm, and how to properly clean and maintain your rifle or shotgun.

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Course Features


Filmed in front of a live audience, our Deer Steward course videos feature professional biologists and deer researchers, the latest and most relevant science, and engaging footage of deer in the wild that gives you a visual representation of their behavior and how they respond to management.

Watch this 3-minute video to see a member of Team Primos share his thoughts on when to hunt.

Comprehensive Deer Hunting Training

The creators of this deer hunter course work with International Hunter Education Association-USA (IHEA-USA), more than 45 state agencies responsible for hunter education, and various industry partners to develop comprehensive online hunter safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible firearm handling. You can be confident that you are receiving the most comprehensive deer hunting education available online.

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Today's Hunter offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.