Virginia Bowhunter Education Course (IBEP)


The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources supports the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP), a bowhunter education course developed by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF).

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In Virginia, Bowhunter Education is not required to obtain an archery license. However, the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) class provides an excellent opportunity to learn ethical techniques for hunting with archery equipment. Some states, localities, and military facilities require this course.

This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

Replacement Cards

Please visit or call 1-800-830-2268 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

Volunteer Instructors

Hunting, bowhunting, and trapping courses in Virginia are taught primarily by trained volunteer instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us through the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website at

Additional Information

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources shall afford to all persons an equal access to Department programs and facilities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex or age. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility, please write: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, ATTN: Compliance Officer, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23228.

This program may receive Federal financial assistance in Sport Fish and/or Wildlife Restoration. Under Title VI of the I 964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to:

The Office for Human Resources
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services 4040 N. Fairfax Drive
Room 300
Arlington, Virginia 22203

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