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:
WDFW strongly recommends the traditional hunter education
class. One or more instructors typically offer detailed
classroom instruction and practical exercises to prepare
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 Annette Crews at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 673-2350.
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.
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.
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!
||5881 Rd J.2 SE, Moses Lake Wa, 98837
Traditional class - May 11-13-15-16
||Quincy Gun Club
14050 Rd Q NW, Quincy Wa. 98848
On-line class - August 1
||Ken Shields 509-2371166
Issaquah Sportsmen's Club
||April 16, 17 & 18
October 3 & 4
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 hunter education classes are taught by instructors
certified by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation.
Want information on bowhunter education? E-mail the
Washington Bowhunter Education Committee chairperson
Annette Crews at email@example.com or call her at (360) 673-2350.