For more information
please contact the
Hunter Education Program.

and Contact List

Eastern Washington
Ephrata office
(509) 754-4624

Eastern Washington
Spokane office
(509) 892-1001

Western Washington
Olympia office
(360) 902-8111

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



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 Annette Crews at 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.

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!

Clark County
Dates: April 5 & 6
July 19 & 20
Contact: Jack Waite

Cowlitz County
Dates: June 21 & 22
Contact: Annette Crews

Grant County
Dates: May 12, 14, 16 & 17
August 2 - Field day only. Moses Lake
Contact: Ken Shields 509-2371166

Grays Harbor County
Dates: April 5 & 6
Contact: Annette Crews 360-673-2350
Linda Parker 360-533-4698

King County

Flint Tip Archery

Dates: May 6,8 & 10
July 22, 24 & 26
Contact: Butch Loney


Dates: April 10, 11 & 13
October 4 & 5
Contact: Alan Jones

Kitsap County
Location: KBH Archers Bremerton
Dates: March 22 & 23
August 2 & 3
Contact: Larry Beaver 360-908-3124
David Mellinger 360-801-7036
Dates: July 14 & 15
Contact: Walt Walden 360-779-6147

Lewis County
Dates: March 17th & 18th
April - TBA
May - TBA

Mike LaBarre
Sign up on line
These classes are the combo hunter-ed and bowhunter ed.

Snohomish County
Dates: June 2,3 & 4

Richard Schultz

Spokane/Stevens County
Dates: April 12 - Field Day
May 31 - Field Day
July 24, 25 & 26
August 23 - Field Day
Contact: Ron Barber  509-953-5061
Al James 509-936-0204

Thurston County
Location: Capitol City Bowmen Range
Dates: July 19 & 20

Bob Jamison
360-951-0436 cell


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 hunter 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 Annette Crews at or call her at (360) 673-2350.