Bowhunter education

Melissa Yeisley with her first archery deer.​​​​​ Melissa Yeisley

Bowhunter education is not required in Washington, but is recommended. This certification is required in some states and Canadian provinces to hunt with archery equipment. 

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

Bowhunter education classes are taught by the volunteer bowhunter education instructors.

During the COVID-19 closure of bowhunter education classes WDFW will not be offering bowhunter education courses. However, you can take the South Dakota's online course and receive the same certification.

Washington will continue to hold classes in the future.

To receive a duplicate certificate, contact Kris Thorson at