BILLINGS — The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 field test for students who have completed Montana’s online course on bowhunting is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, in Billings.
The field day will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Region 5 Headquarters at 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. Pre-registration, which closes at 5 p.m. Friday, July 11, is required. Participants may register at the FWP Region 5 headquarters or by calling the office at (406) 247-2940 during normal business hours. Registration is open from June 2 through July 11.
Only those who have passed the online course and can present their printed proof of completion will be tested.
Participants also should pick up and study a copy of the 2008 Montana archery hunting regulations at their local license agent or FWP office. In addition to physical skills, participants will be tested during the field day on their knowledge of state laws and regulations.
Field days also are scheduled for July 12 in Helena and July 26 in Miles City for those who cannot make the Billings date. Registration is required for those field days. Current information about the online course, scheduled field days and registration deadlines are on the Internet at http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/mt/index.htm.
All prospective bowhunters born after Jan. 1, 1985, must take both hunter safety and bowhunter education courses before they can buy a Montana archery hunting license. All first-time bowhunters, regardless of age, must complete a bowhunter education course. Montana law requires anyone buying an archery license to show either a previous year’s archery license or a certificate of completion from a bowhunter education course.
This year, Montana FWP allows hunters 18 and older to complete the classroom part of the bowhunter course online, then complete requirements for their certificate at a four-hour regional field course. All information needed to register, study and test for the online portion of the class is on the Internet at http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/mt/index.htm.
Montana accepts this independent-study method, completed on your own time and your own schedule, followed by a four-hour field day exercise led by certified Montana bowhunter education volunteer instructors. During the field day, students must demonstrate that they possess the necessary knowledge and skills to become certified, and must also pass the Montana Bowhunter Education test. Participants must complete a field day within a year after they complete the online portion.
In Montana, bowhunters must complete their classwork and field days by July 31 to qualify for 2008 fall bowhunting licenses.
Anyone 17 years old and younger is required to take the conventional classroom-based course of instruction. However, anyone may use the online program as a resource to learn about bowhunting.