Colorado Bowhunter Education Course

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

Approved by the State of Colorado and the IBEF
Approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Bowhunter License

Who Needs Bowhunter Education?

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

Get Colorado Bowhunter Certified in 3 steps.

  1. Pre-Register for the Conclusion Class

    Go to and sign up for a final instructor-led Conclusion Class.

    Important You must pre-register for the Conclusion Class before beginning the online course.

  2. Study & Pass the Online Course

    After passing the Colorado Bowhunter Safety Course, you’ll pay the $30.00 course fee and immediately print out your Conclusion Class Voucher which you will need for the Conclusion Class.

  3. Attend the Conclusion Class

    Once you have successfully completed the Conclusion Class, you will receive your Colorado Bowhunter Education Certificate from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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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 bowhunter training established by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA).

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 proceed directly to the online Colorado Online Exam.

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 Conclusion Class

After passing the online course, you are required to attend the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Conclusion Class to complete your bowhunter education certification.

You’ll bring the Conclusion Class Voucher you received after passing the online course Final Exam to the Conclusion Class as proof of having completed the online course.

At the Conclusion Class, 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 Conclusion Class, your permanent Colorado Bowhunter Education Certificate will be issued to you by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

  • 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 Colorado Bowhunting Education

Developed Specifically for Colorado 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 CO.

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 archery equipment.

Comprehensive Bowhunter Education Content

The Bowhunter Ed Colorado 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”

Colorado Approved

Reviewed & Approved by:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, Colorado, 80216
(303) 297-1192


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 26 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 Colorado hunting license. For more information, see the Colorado Hunter Laws and Regulations page.

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