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!

2019 BOWHUNTING EDUCATION CLASSES

Clallam County
Class dates: July 27 and 28 (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification. DLP students to arrive 30 minutes early.)
Location: Wapiti Bowmen, 374 E. Arnette Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Contact name: Rick Schultz
Contact phone: 360-460-7956
Contact email: westendarchery@gmail.com
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.

Class dates: August 24 and 25 (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification. DLP students to arrive 30 minutes early.)
Location: Wapiti Bowmen, 374 E. Arnette Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Contact name: Rick Schultz
Contact phone: 360-460-7956
Contact email: westendarchery@gmail.com
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.
 
Clark County
Class dates: April 13, 9:00 AM – 3:00, and April 14, 8:00 – 2:00 PM, Field Day: April 14, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM ** Minimum of five (5) students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only. (The Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.  DLP students to arrive 30 minutes early.)
Location of class: Sportsman’s Warehouse, 11505 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98662
Location of field day: Vancouver Lake, http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/shillapoo/Vancouver%20Lake/, Access Site #2
Contact name: Jack Waite
Contact phone: 360-713-8124
Contact email: handymanjack@earthlink.net
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.
 
Grant County
Class dates: February 16, DLP Field Day only
Location: Quincy Gun Club, 14550 Rd. Q NW, Quincy WA 98848
Contact name: Ken Shields, Matt Morice, or Tom O'Dell
Contact phone: 509-237-1166, 509-765-5105, 509-764-8557/206-465-6943
Contact email: ken.diane@live.com, m.mmorice58@outlook.com, mallard1@gosi.net
Specific instructions: $15.  DLP students please bring their gear on field day.

Class dates: May 13, 15, 17, Field day May 18 (Saturday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.)
Location of class: 5881 Rd. J.2 SE, Moses Lake WA 98837
Location of field day: Quincy Gun Club, 14550 Rd. Q NW, Quincy WA 98848
Contact name: Ken Shields, Matt Morice, or Tom O'Dell
Contact phone: 509-237-1166, 509-765-5105, 509-764-8557/206-465-6943
Contact email: ken.diane@live.com, m.mmorice58@outlook.com, mallard1@gosi.net
Specific instructions: $15.  DLP students please bring their gear on field day.

Class dates: August 3, DLP Field Day only
Location: Quincy Gun Club, 14550 Rd. Q NW, Quincy WA 98848
Contact name: Ken Shields, Matt Morice, or Tom O'Dell
Contact phone: 509-237-1166, 509-765-5105, 509-764-8557/206-465-6943
Contact email: ken.diane@live.com, m.mmorice58@outlook.com, mallard1@gosi.net
Specific instructions: $15.  DLP students please bring their gear on field day.
 
King County
Class dates: April 6 and 7, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.)
Location: Issaquah Sportsmen's Club, 23600 SE Evans St., Issaquah, WA 98027
Contact name: Alan Jones
Contact phone: 425-883-0405
Contact email: alanbjones@frontier.com
Specific instructions: $18, due on the first day.

Class dates: May 18, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM, DLP Field day only
Location: Flint Tip Archers/Enumclaw Sportsman Park, 29150 SE Enumclaw Chinook Pass Rd., Enumclaw, WA 98022
Contact name: Butch Loney
Contact phone: 253-862-9160
Contact email: bvloney@comcast.net
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.

Class dates: July 23, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM, July 25, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM, July 27, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM ** Minimum of five (5) students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only. (Saturday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.)
Location: Flint Tip Archers/Enumclaw Sportsman Park, 29150 SE Enumclaw Chinook Pass Rd., Enumclaw, WA 98022
Contact name: Butch Loney
Contact phone: 253-862-9160
Contact email: bvloney@comcast.net
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.

Class dates: October 5 and 6, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.)
Location: Issaquah Sportsmen's Club, 23600 SE Evans St., Issaquah, WA 98027
Contact name: Alan Jones
Contact phone: 425-883-0405
Contact email: alanbjones@frontier.com
Specific instructions: $18, due on the first day.
 
Kitsap County
Class dates: March 17 and 18, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM both days (The Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification.)
Location: KBH Archers, 3680 NE Old Belfair Hwy., Belfair, WA 98528
Contact name: Larry Beaver
Contact phone: 360-908-3124
Contact email: larrdott@yahoo.com
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.
 
Lewis County
Class dates: No classes scheduled.  Please contact if interested.
Location: Chehalis
Contact name: Dan Boes
Contact phone: 360-520-5037
Contact email: boesda2002@yahoo.com
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.
 
Spokane County
Class dates: May 11, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and 12, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM ** Minimum of five (5) students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only. (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification. DLP students to arrive 30 minutes early.)
Location of classes: Business Services of Spokane, 3403 E Euclid Ave, Spokane WA, 99217
Location of field day: 7407 N Palmer Rd, Spokane WA, 99217
Contact name: Jim Sutton
Contact phone: 509-599-0339, phone or text
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.

Class dates: August 17, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and 18, 8:00 AM – 12:00 ** Minimum of five (5) students by Saturday prior to class or class defaults to DLP field day only. (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification. DLP students to arrive 30 minutes early.)
Location of classes: Business Services of Spokane, 3403 E Euclid Ave, Spokane WA, 99217
Location of field day: 7407 N Palmer Rd, Spokane WA, 99217
Contact name: Jim Sutton
Contact phone: 509-599-0339, phone or text
Specific instructions: $15, preregistration is required to reserve.
 
Thurston County
Class dates: July 20 and 21 (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification)
Location: Capital City Bowmen Range, 14318 Littlerock Rd. SW., Rochester, WA 98579
Contact name: Bob Jamison, Jonathan Hawk
Contact phone: 360-352-3816, 235-765-3658
Contact email: sbj231@comcast.net, wild_hawkrider@yahoo.com
Specific instructions: $20

Class dates: August 24 and 25 (Sunday class is open to DLP students who require just the Field Day exercises for certification)
Location: Capital City Bowmen Range, 14318 Littlerock Rd. SW., Rochester, WA 98579
Contact name: Bob Jamison, Jonathan Hawk
Contact phone: 360-352-3816, 235-765-3658
Contact email: sbj231@comcast.net, wild_hawkrider@yahoo.com
Specific instructions: $20

 

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