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Update

With COVID-19 restrictions loosening throughout the state, Hunter Education instructors will begin scheduling instructor-led courses with the following stipulations:

  • Classes are limited to a total of 20 people, including the instructor, students, parents and other visitors.
  • Masks are required for everyone in the classroom.
  • A social distance of at least six feet between individuals from different households will be observed.

These guidelines will also be followed during the in-person field day portion of the course. The virtual field day option will be offered until May 31. If you register for a virtual field day, your Hunter Education instructor will email you detailed instructions on how to complete the field day requirements.

For more information, check the "Additional Instructions" section of the course you wish to register for.

Instructor-led bowhunter education

This course is not a substitute for the Extended Archery Ethics Course.
Total class time:
12 hours minimum
Class meets:
3–4 days
Cost:
$6.00*
Registration:
Online registration — see steps below

*Some facilities charge to rent a room or range, which increases the student cost.

This is a comprehensive course for national bowhunter certification. Completion is required to bowhunt in Idaho, Montana, Alaska and several other states. This course does not replace the hunter education course for archery hunters born after December 31, 1965 — these hunters must still complete the hunter education course before purchasing their hunting licenses.

The course includes bowhunting safety, ethics, methods and regulations. We will also discuss elevated stands, shot placement and survival. There will be field exercises and a final written exam.

How to take this course

  1. Purchase a Bowhunter Education Registration Certificate. You must have a registration certificate ($6) before attending this class. You can purchase a certificate online, from a Division office or a license agent.
  2. Find this course in your area and register online.

After you register

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