For more information
please contact the
Hunter Education Program.

Eastern Washington
Spokane office
(509) 892-1001

Ephrata office
(509) 754-4624

Yakima office
(509) 575-2740

Western Washington
Mill Creek Office
(425) 775-1311 Ext. 106

Olympia office
(360) 902-8111
huntered@dfw.wa.gov

 

 

Bowhunter Education Class Schedule & Information

Online Washington Bowhunting Safety and Bowhunter Education Course
Bow hunter education training is not required in Washington ….but it's a training program we strongly recommend!

Bowhunter education is a partnership agreement among the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Archery Association, the Traditional Bowhunters of Washington and the Washington State Bowhunters.

Although bowunter education training is not required in Washington State, many states do require it for all bowhunters. Washington’s bowhunter education program meets the requirements of all states.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two types of bowhunter education training opportunities, including:

Traditional Class
WDFW strongly recommends the traditional hunter education class. One or more instructors typically offer detailed classroom instruction and practical exercises to prepare successful students.

Distance Learning
Students enrolled in this module can complete their course work and testing online, and complete their skills evaluations as part of a traditional class. This bowhunter education activity only recommended for mature students. For questions about the distance learning program, check the agency web site or contact Roy Gravley at woodsman@lewiscounty.com or 360-770-1183

Please Note: Bowhunter education classes do not meet the Washington training requirement to purchase a hunting license for first-time hunters born after January 1, 1972.

Training Requirement
While a number of other states and provinces require bowhunter education in order to purchase a hunting license, there is no such requirement in the Evergreen State. Training is required in the basic hunter education program even if individuals only plan to bowhunt.

Bowhunter education is a voluntary course offering designed to help bowhunters enjoy their chosen hunting activity. Classes are strongly recommended.

Finding Training Classes
Look below to find available bowhunter education training classes. Since the program is voluntary, bowhunter education classes are much less available than basic hunter education courses. Enroll early if you want/need training!

2017 BOWHUNTING EDUCATION CLASSES
Benton County
Location: Kennewick Ranch & Home
845 N Columbia Center Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336

Location of field day class:  
Colyak Archery Range, Hall Rd.
Richland, WA 99323

Dates: January 14, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and 15, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Minimum of 5 students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only

June 3, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and 4, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Minimum of 5 students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only

Contact: Jared Pierce, 509-554-6224
Specific instructions $10, preregistration is required to reserve. 

Clark County
Location: Sportsman's Warehouse
11505 NE Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98662

Location of field day classes:
Vancouver Lake, Access Site #2

Dates: April 22, 9:00 AM – 3:30, and 23, 8:00 – 1:30 PM

DLP Field Day: April 23, 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM

** Minimum of 5 students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only

Contact: Jack Waite, 360-713-8124
Specific instructions $10, preregistration is required to reserve

Grant County
Location 5881 RD J.2 SE
Moses Lake WA 98837

Location of field day classes:
Quincy Gun Club, 14550 Rd. Q NW, Quincy WA 98848

Dates: May 15-17-19, field day May 20

DLP Field Days: June 17 and July 15

Contact: Ken Shields 509-237-1166
Matt Morice 509-765-5105
Specific instructions: $10.  DLP students please bring their gear on field day.

King County
Location: Flint Tip Archers
29150 SE Enumclaw Chinook Pass Rd;
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Dates: July 25, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

July 27, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

DLP Field Day:  July 29, 7:30 AM – noon

Minimum of 5 students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only

Contact: Butch Loney
Email:  bvloney@comcast.net
Specific instructions: $10, preregistration is required to reserve
   
Location: Issaquah Sportsmen's Club
23605 SE Evans St.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Dates:

April 8 and 9, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
October 7 and 8, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Contact: Alan Jones 425-883-0405
Specific instructions: $13, due on first day. Each Sunday class is open to Distance Learning students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.

Kitsap County
Location: KBH Archers
3680 NE Old Belfair Hwy
Belfair, WA 98528
Dates: April 22 and 23, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM both days

- Minimum of 5 students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only

June 3 and 4, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM both days

- Minimum of 5 students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only

Contact: David Mellinger  360-801-7036
Specific instructions: $10, preregistration is required to reserve

Thurston County
Location: Capital City Bowmen Range
14318 Littlerock Rd. SW.
Rochester, WA 98579
Dates: May 6 and 7
July 15 and 16

Each Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.

Contact: Bob Jamison 360-352-3816
Jonathan Hawk 360-350-7619
Specific instructions: $15

 

Course Content
Bowhunter education courses are based on the International Bowhunter Education Foundation curriculum. Topics include equipment, anatomy, tracking, safety, regulations and other subjects of particular value to bowhunters. The course is designed to benefit both new and experienced bowhunters. Please note that the average bowhunter education class is 10 - 14 hours in length.  Be sure to contact the course instructors in advance so that you know the dates and times for the classes you want to attend.

Successful students participate in both classroom and practical (e.g., shooting, blood-trailing) activities.

All bowhunter education classes are taught by instructors certified by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation.

For More Information
Want information on bowhunter education? E-mail the Washington Bowhunter Education Committee chairperson Roy Gravley at woodsman@lewiscounty.com or 360-770-1183