Bowhunter education

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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.

Types of bowhunter education training opportunities:

  • Traditional Class: WDFW strongly recommends this class. One or more instructors offer detailed classroom instruction and practical exercises. These classes are not offered as often as basic hunter education courses, so enroll early if you want or need training.
  • Distance Learning: Students enrolled in this module can complete coursework and testing online, and complete their skills evaluations as part of a traditional class. Distance learning is only recommended for mature students. Learn more about Online Washington Bowhunting Safety and Bowhunter Education courses.

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. The average bowhunter education class is 10 - 14 hours in length. 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 on the bowhunter education course, please contact Todd Zalk at wabowhunteredchairman@gmail.com. To receive a duplicate certificate, contact Kris Thorson at Kristopher.thorson@dfw.wa.gov.

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