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



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 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!

Asotin County
Location: Clarkston
Dates: No classes scheduled.  Please contact if interested.
Contact: Todd Johnston: 208-305-4195
Specific instructions: $10 paid at registration on first day

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: July 23 and 24

The students must preregister by July 9.
Maximum of 12 students.

Contact: Wade Stanton: 509-303-4041
Cameron Grohs: 509-439-2291
Jared Pierce: 509-554-6224
Specific instructions $10, preregistration is required to reserve.  Times of class will be emailed to the students that pre-register by above date.

Clallam County
Location: West End Archery Academy
Sportsman Club Rd
Forks, WA 98331
Dates: Traditional class w/ online field day:
March, dates TBD
June, dates TBD
Contact: Rick Schultz, 425-971-3725
Specific instructions $10

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: DLP Field Day: May 22

Class: July 23 and 24

** 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: Traditional class:
May 16-18-20, field day May 21

DLP Field Days:
Feb 27 and July 301

Contact: Ken Shields 509-237-1166
Matt Morice 509-765-5105
Tom O'Dell 509-764-8557 / 206-465-6943
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: Tuesday May 17, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday May 19, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday May 21, 8:00 AM - noon

DLP Field Day:  Saturday May 21, 7:30 AM - noon

Tuesday July 19, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday July 21, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday July 23, 8:00 AM - noon

DLP Field Day:  Saturday July 23, 7:30 AM - noon

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

Contact: Butch Loney 253-862-9160
Specific instructions: $10, preregistration is required to reserve
Location: Issaquah Sportsmen's Club
23605 SE Evans St.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Dates: April 23 and 24, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
October 8 and 9, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Contact: Alan Jones 425-883-0405
Specific instructions: $13, due on first day

Kitsap County
Location: KBH Archers
3680 NE Old Belfair Hwy
Belfair, WA 98528
Dates: March 5 and 6, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days
August 6 and 7, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days 
Contact: David Mellinger  360-801-7036
Specific instructions: $10

Skagit County
Location: Silver Arrow Bowmen
20409 E Hickox Rd
Mt Vernon, WA 98274
Dates: Traditional class w/ online field day:
April, dates TBD
July, dates TBD
Contact: Colten Buckles 360-241-5153
Specific instructions: $10 prepayment required to reserve

Thurston County
Location: Capital City Bowmen Range
14318 Littlerock Rd. SW.
Rochester, WA 98579
Dates: May 7 and 8
August 13 and 14
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 or 360-770-1183