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Bowhunter Education
Hunter Education

A Montana bow and arrow license, plus the proper Montana hunting license, is required if you want to bowhunt during any special archery season. To purchase a bow and arrow license, you must:

  • Show a certificate of completing the national bowhunter education course from Montana or any other state or province; or
  • show any prior year's bowhunting/archery stamp, tag, permit, or license from any state or province. If you cannot produce this license, you may sign an affidavit, at any FWP license provider, stating that you previously purchased such a license. This allows you then to purchase a current year's Montana bow and arrow license.

Note: All bowhunters born after January 1, 1985 must also show proof of completing a hunter education program.

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Bowhunter Education Course Schedule

Hunter Education

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View the online schedule to see when and where a class is being offered in your area. If you can't find what you're looking for please contact FWP regional offices directly. [View schedule ]

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Online Bowhunter Education Course for Adults

Please Note: Bowhunter Education Field Courses are NOT offered in Montana from August 1 to December 31 of each year.
Bowhunter Education Manual

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers an online bowhunter education course for anyone 18 years and older as an alternative to the regular classroom-based course.

Begin your bowhunter education certification by studying at home on your computer. Upon successful completion of the online bowhunter education course (which is confirmed by taking an exam online) you will be issued a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate is necessary to obtain entrance into the final portion of your bowhunter education course, which takes place with certified Montana instructors in the field. After completing the field day portion, you will then receive your official proof of course completion.

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Field Day Registration

If you have completed the online education course already (i.e. you have a "Field Day Qualifier Certificate" in hand) and are now interested in registering for a field day click here .