New York Bowhunter Education Course

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

Approved by the State of New York and the IBEF
Approved by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Bowhunter License

Who Needs Bowhunter Education?

All first-time bowhunters must complete an approved bowhunter education course, as well as an approved hunter education course.

Get New York Bowhunter Certified in 3 steps.

  1. Sign Up for the Required Home Study

    Before taking this online course, you must register for the required New York Bowhunter Education Home Study Course. Learn more about the Home Study.

  2. Study and Pass the Online Course

    After passing the online New York Bowhunter Safety Course, you’ll pay the $30.00 course fee and immediately print out your Home Study Voucher, which you will need for admittance to the Home Study course.

    Age Requirement You must be at least 11 years old to take the online course.

  3. Attend and Pass the Required Home Study

    Take your Home Study Voucher to the New York Bowhunter Education Home Study Course as proof that you completed the online course. After successfully completing the required Home Study course, your permanent New York Bowhunter Education Certificate will be issued to you by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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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 New York Home Study Qualifier 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 Home Study

After passing the online course, you are required to attend the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Home Study to complete your bowhunter education certification.

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

At the Home Study, 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 Home Study, your permanent New York Bowhunter Education Certificate will be issued to you by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • 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 New York Bowhunting Education

Developed Specifically for New York 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 NY.

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 New York 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”

New York Approved

Reviewed & Approved by:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4500


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 New York hunting license. For more information, see the New York Hunter Laws and Regulations page.

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