Alabama Bowhunting Education Laws

Alabama’s Bowhunter Education Program teaches bowhunters the fundamentals of safe and responsible archery hunting and an appreciation and respect for the environment in which they hunt.

By completing and passing this Alabama–approved online bowhunting license course, you will have satisfied the classroom educational component for the state of Alabama.

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Who Needs Bowhunter Education?


Bowhunter education is currently not required to purchase a bowhunting license from the state of Alabama. However, a hunter safety class is required in Alabama if you were born after August 1, 1977.


Hunter education is currently required in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, three Northwest Territories, and Mexico. A separate bowhunter education course is required in many of the states and provinces to comply with the bowhunting laws and regulations in those jurisdictions.

The states and provinces requiring an IBEP course are:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Brunswick
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Nova Scotia
  • Quebec
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont

Why Bowhunter Education?

Bowhunting is a challenging sport! This type of hunting is done at a much closer range and requires a high degree of stealth, perserverance, patience, and effort. Bowhunters must become adept at scouting, tracking, and recovering game. Bowhunters must master new archery techniques and learn the anatomy and behavior of the game. Before attempting to use archery equipment as a hunting tool, each bowhunter should become a proficient archer. This requires dedication, practice, and good distance-judging ability.


All states and provinces that have mandatory bowhunter education requirements will accept the Online Course Completion Certificate. Likewise, Alabama will accept Bowhunter Education certifications that are issued by other states and provinces that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

The Alabama Bowhunter's Ed Course is official and approved

For More Information

For additional information on bowhunter education in Alabama, contact:

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 N. Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

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