Nebraska Combo Hunter/Bowhunter Classroom Course


Firearm hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed a Firearm Education Course and carry proof on their person when hunting any species with a firearm, muzzleloader, or air gun.


Archery hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed a Bowhunter Education Course and carry proof on their person when hunting Deer, Antelope, Elk, or Mountain Sheep with a bow or crossbow.

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About the Class

A Combination Course will provide instruction from knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer instructors in the safe use of firearm and archery equipment, fundamentals of hunting, shooting and hunting techniques, game identification, conservation management as well as hunter ethics.

Students 11 years of age and older on the examination day will be able to take the test and complete the course and may be issued certificates of successful completion of both Firearm and Bowhunter Education.

The classroom course is a minimum of 14 hours total and a minimum of 2 sessions. Most classes offered are 2 to 5 sessions. .

Age-Related Information

  • Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian every session;
  • Those under 11 years of age will be required to complete the class in full following their 11th birthday. Online registration is only available to those ages 11 and older;
  • At the first session, everyone under 18 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed Parental Release Form (download, print, and sign);
  • All students under 19 years of age should be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the first session to ensure appropriate information is received on dates, sessions, and additional requirements.

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NOTICE: Because the health and safety of our volunteer instructors and the public is our highest priority, the Nebraska Hunter Education program has temporarily suspended classroom courses and Hunt Safe Sessions to limit people gathering. We appreciate your understanding at this time. If you require certification prior to 7/01, please take our online-only course here using code netvfy4st58p19. We have temporarily lowered the age restriction to allow students ages 11 and up to complete the online-only course and receive certification. The Apprentice Exemption Certificate is still available as well and we encourage the use of these options. Please contact Jackson Ellis at [email protected] or call (402) 471-6134.

August 2020