Pennsylvania Bowhunter Laws and Regulations
Passing this Bowhunter safety course will complete your online safety education for Pennsylvania.
pay only when you pass, unlimited exam attempts
Do you need Pennsylvania Bowhunter education?
Pennsylvania does not require bowhunter education. You can take this course to bowhunt in states that require certification.
You must be at least 16 years old to take this online course.
You must be a resident of Pennsylvania to take the 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:
- New Brunswick
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Nova Scotia
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
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 Bowhunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Pennsylvania will accept Bowhunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Pennsylvania Bowhunter students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions