Montana Bowhunter Education Course

Take this Montana state-approved online course and complete your classroom requirement in a few hours.

Approved by the State of Montana and the IBEF
Approved by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks http://fwp.mt.gov/

Montana Bowhunter License

Who Needs Bowhunter Education?

Anyone who buys a bow-and-arrow license in Montana. Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, needs a hunter safety course also.

Get Montana Bowhunter Certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study & Pass the Online Course

    After passing the Bowhunter Ed Montana Course, you’ll pay the $30.00 course fee and immediately print out your Field Day Qualifier Certificate, which you will need for the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day.

  2. Sign Up and Attend the Required Bowhunter Education Online Field Day

    To complete the hunter education requirements for Montana, you must attend the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day portion of the Bowhunter Ed Montana Course. Learn more about the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day.

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

    After successfully completing the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day, your permanent Montana Bowhunter Education Certificate will be issued to you by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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What to Expect When Taking the Course

Learning Step by Step

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for hunter training established by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA).

To help you improve your bowhunting skills and to prepare you for the final exam, the course is broken down into 8 easy-to-understand units that you can complete at your own pace:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Bowhunting
  • Unit 2: Understanding Wildlife
  • Unit 3: Safe and Responsible Bowhunting
  • Unit 4: Know Your Bow and Arrow
  • Unit 5: Preparation Before the Hunt
  • Unit 6: Methods of Bowhunting
  • Unit 7: Shot Placement and Recovery Techniques
  • Unit 8: Outdoor Preparedness

Read each unit. The units are organized to form building blocks of information. Each unit will help you understand the information in the next units.

Unit Quizzes & Final Exam

Unit Quizzes

As you progress through the course, you’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate how well you’re understanding the bowhunter safety topics by taking a quiz at the end of each of the 8 units.

You’ll need to score 70% or greater on the unit quiz before moving on to the next unit. If you don’t pass a unit quiz, don’t worry. You’ll just go back and study the unit again until you’re ready to pass.

Final Exam

After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the online Field Day Qualifier Exam or you can take a practice exam first.

You must score 80% or greater on the final exam to pass. If you fail the final exam, there is no penalty. You can retake the exam as many times as you like until you pass.

The Mandatory Bowhunter Education Online Field Day

After passing the online course, you are required to attend the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bowhunter Education Online Field Day to complete your bowhunter education certification.

You’ll bring the Field Day Qualifier Certificate you received after passing the online course Final Exam to the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day as proof of having completed the online course.

At the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day, you’ll participate in practical testing and the demonstration of bow and arrow safety and hunting skills under the supervision of a certified instructor. This normally occurs outside, in actual hunting areas, so you should dress accordingly.

After successfully completing the Bowhunter Education Online Field Day, your permanent Montana Bowhunter Education Certificate will be issued to you by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

  • Bowhunter posing with a dead deer.

    In many states, a bow and arrow are considered a firearm, and the same rules and regulations that apply to firearms also apply to bows and arrows.

  • Bowhunters in camo waiting for a deer

    Many problems in the field are solved easily by a knowledgeable and prepared bowhunter. This online course will provide that knowledge and preparation.

  • Selecting the proper bow

    You’ll learn about "draw length" and "draw weight" to help you with selecting a bow.

A Comprehensive Course in Montana Bowhunting Education

Developed Specifically for Montana Bowhunters

Bowhunting Basics Instruction

This online bowhunting license course is based on Today’s Bowhunter: The Responsible Bowhunter’s Guide, which Bowhunter Ed developed and printed. Bowhunter Ed is the only bowhunting safety education course and exam provider that develops print materials on behalf of state government hunting and wildlife agencies.

This official training program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a safe and responsible bowhunter in MT.

Today’s Bowhunter, The Responsible Bowhunter’s Guide

Bowhunter Ed is the only bowhunting safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of state government hunting and wildlife agencies.

Screenshot of broadhead types

It is critical that bowhunters understand and master the use of their weapon.

Comprehensive Bowhunter Education Content

The Bowhunter Ed Montana Course features easy-to-understand bowhunter safety instructions and hundreds of detailed illustrations to help you improve your bowhunting skills and become a better, more prepared bowhunter.

This online bowhunter safety course will teach you the things every bowhunter must know, from following bowhunting regulations to behaving responsibly, in order to comply with state or provincial legal requirements.

Screenshot, common bow types

You’ll learn the three common bow types and their characteristics.

Closeup, the nocking point

You’ll learn the proper placement of the nocking point.

Instructional Videos and Animations

Your bowhunter safety education is reinforced by getting hands-on. Watch, touch, drag, drop, swipe, and more as you progress through the bowhunter safety course.

  • An overview of the different types of hunting tree stands

    Sample course instructional video, “Treestand Overview”

  • Animation illustrating the various shot angles

    Sample course instructional animation, “Good shot selection”

Montana Approved

Reviewed & Approved by:

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
1420 East Sixth Avenue
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2535
http://fwp.mt.gov/

Self-Paced

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we’ll keep track of your progress.

Mobile Ready

This bowhunter safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. It’s easy to study the course material from any place at any time.

Made in the USA

This bowhunting education safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.

How do I get my state bowhunting license?

The International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) is offered in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, and 13 additional foreign countries. A separate bowhunter education course (sometimes called a bowhunting “license”) is required in many of the states and provinces to comply with the bowhunting laws and regulations in those jurisdictions. Hunter education is currently required in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, three Northwest Territories, and Mexico. You may be required to have a hunter education certificate in order to purchase your Montana hunting license. For more information, see the Montana Hunter Laws and Regulations page.

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