Alabama Bowhunter Laws and Regulations

Passing this bowhunting license course will complete your online safety education for Alabama.

Do you need Alabama Bowhunter education?


Alabama does not require bowhunter education. You can take this course to bowhunt in states that require certification.

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.


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

Is the Alabama Bowhunter License the same as the permanent Online Course Completion Certificate?

The permanent Online Course Completion Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Bowhunter operator safety course. Since the Bowhunter education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Alabama Bowhunter License.

Why Bowhunter Safety Education Is Important

Bowhunting is a challenging sport! This type of hunting is done at a much closer range and requires a high degree of stealth, perseverance, 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.”)

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Alabama Bowhunter students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions