Hunter & Bowhunter Certification: Instructor-led

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Course Content

This course will provide instruction in the areas of: Firearm/bowhunting handling and safety; Hunting/bowhunting law and ethics; Responsibilities towards landowners; Hunting/bowhunting skills including methods, shot placement, recovery techniques, game care, survival skills, blood trailing, tree stand safety and first aid; Responsibilities towards landowners; Wildlife identification; and Management and conservation.

Hunter Education Certification Cards

Students certify in both hunter and bowhunter education. Hunter & Bowhunter Combination Certification cards will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the course, which includes attending all class sessions, passing the field exercises and a written test.

Who needs Hunter Education?

If you were born on or after January 1, 1975, you must complete a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license OR show proof of a previously held license in Idaho or another state.

Who needs Bowhunter Education?

To buy an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course OR show evidence of having been licensed for an archer-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect.

Age Requirements

  • Recommended for students ages 9 to adult.
  • A parent must check in students under age 18.

Special Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game hunter education coordinators at fish and game offices or the State Hunter Education Coordinators office at 208-287-2872. Please allow a minimum of 30 days advanced notice for the Department to arrange a course and requested accommodations. Individuals can connect with the Idaho Relay Service or TDD at 1-800-368-6185.

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NOTICE: In an effort to protect public health and reduce the spread of COVID-19, we may not be offering hunter or bowhunter education instructor-led courses at this time. When registering, please make sure to provide an email and emergency contact. We will use this to contact you should we need to cancel or change an event at the last minute. Please note that emails will come from

If you require certification, please take our online-only course at and

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