Colorado Bowhunting Education Laws

Colorado’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 Colorado–approved online bowhunting license course, you will have satisfied the classroom educational component for the state of Colorado.

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Who Needs Bowhunter Education?


Bowhunter education is not a requirement for bowhunters in Colorado, however individuals interested in bowhunting are encouraged to take this specialized course in addition to the required hunting 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

Minimum Age You must be at least 10 years old to take the Colorado Bowhunter's Ed Course online.

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 Colorado Bowhunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Colorado 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 Bowhunter Ed Colorado Course is official and approved

For More Information

For additional information on bowhunter education in Colorado, contact:

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

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