North Dakota Bowhunting Education Laws

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

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Who Needs Bowhunter Education?

North Dakota

Bowhunter Education is not required in North Dakota, but is required if you wish to go bowhunting in states or provinces where certification is mandatory.


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 11 years old to take the North Dakota 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 Archery Certification Card. Likewise, North Dakota 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 North Dakota Bowhunter's Ed Course is official and approved

For More Information

For additional information on bowhunter education in North Dakota, contact:

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501

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