Idaho Bowhunter Laws and Regulations

Passing this Bowhunter safety course will complete your online safety education for Idaho.

Do you need Idaho Bowhunter education?


You need education to buy an archery-only permit in Idaho if you are a first-time bowhunter. Some persons born after Dec. 31, 1974, need a hunter course also.

You must be at least 10 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Idaho 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

Additional Information

  • To buy an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof that they have completed an approved bowhunter education course OR show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state, or complete an affidavit to that effect.
  • If you were born on or after January 1, 1975, you must complete a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license OR show proof of a previously held license in Idaho or another state.

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 U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory bowhunter education requirements will accept the Idaho Bowhunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Idaho will accept Bowhunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

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

Frequently Asked Questions