South Dakota Bowhunter Education Course
Take this South Dakota state-approved online course and you'll be prepared for safe bowhunting in South Dakota.
Who Needs Bowhunter Education?
All first-time archery big game hunters as well as big game and elk archery licensees under 16 years of age must have their South Dakota Bowhunter Education Certificate. Licensees under 16 must also have a valid hunter safety certificate.
Get South Dakota Bowhunter Certified in 3 steps.
Study the Online Course Material
Read each chapter in preparation for the South Dakota Online Certification Exam. Completing this course will complete your South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks bowhunter education requirement.
Residential Requirement You must be a resident of South Dakota to take the online course.
Take the Final Exam
Once you've completed all the chapters in the course, you'll be ready to take the South Dakota Online Certification Exam.
Receive Your Online Course Completion Certificate
After passing the South Dakota Online Certification Exam, you'll pay the $30.00 course fee and immediately print out your Online Course Completion Certificate. This certificate is your permanent certificate and allows you to legally purchase a hunting license where required.Ready? Start the Course Today →
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 9 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
- Unit 9: South Dakota Bowhunting Regulations
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
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 9 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.
After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the online Online Certification 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 Online Course Completion Certificate
After passing the unit quizzes and the South Dakota Online Certification Exam, you have passed the online course.
Once you pay the course fee, you may immediately print out your Online Course Completion Certificate. This certificate serves as your permanent certificate and allows you to legally purchase a hunting license where required.
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.
Many problems in the field are solved easily by a knowledgeable and prepared bowhunter. This online course will provide that knowledge and preparation.
You’ll learn about "draw length" and "draw weight" to help you with selecting a bow.
A Comprehensive Course in South Dakota Bowhunting Education
Developed Specifically for South Dakota 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 SD.
Comprehensive Bowhunter Education Content
The Bowhunter Ed South Dakota 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.
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.
South Dakota Approved
Reviewed & Approved by:
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
20641 SD Hwy 1806
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532
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.
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 South Dakota hunting license. For more information, see the South Dakota Hunter Laws and Regulations page.
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