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Official Vermont Bowhunter Safety Course

Take this Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department–approved course to complete your online bowhunter safety education.

Vermont safety education card Lifetime Card

Get bowhunter certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go bowhunting!

Do you need Vermont Bowhunter education?

Anyone who buys a hunting license in Vermont unless they show proof of having a hunting license from another state or province.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Requirements

You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.

You must be a resident of Vermont to take the online course.

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What to Expect From Bowhunter Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe bowhunting practices.

Watch this 67-second sample to see how we put you in the bowhunter’s camo.

Comprehensive Instruction in Vermont Bowhunter Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Bowhunter safety education established by Vermont. Bowhunter Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Bowhunter laws and regulations.

Pages from a bowhunting handbook
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State-Approved Content

As a course provider approved by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, the Vermont Bowhunter Ed Course covers everything you may need to know in order to be safe.

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Learn Your Way on Any Device

Bowhunter Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

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Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

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Vermont Approved

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building Montpelier, VT 05620-3208

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

How Do I Get My State Bowhunter License?

Bowhunter education is currently required in many states. An approved Bowhunter safety course is required to comply with the laws and regulations in those jurisdictions. Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Certification Card in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt. For more information, see the Vermont Bowhunter Laws and Regulations page.

Did you lose your certificate? Replace it here.

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Vermont Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Vermont Bowhunter cost?

The Vermont Bowhunter is free.

Taking the Course

Do you need Vermont Bowhunter education?

Anyone who buys a hunting license in Vermont unless they show proof of having a hunting license from another state or province.

How long will it take to complete the course?

Typically it takes about 3 hours to go through the online course, excluding any quizzes and/or exams and restudying that you may choose to do.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Vermont Bowhunter?

You must be a resident of Vermont to take the online course.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Vermont Bowhunter Ed Course approved by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department?

The Vermont Bowhunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Is my Vermont Certification Card accepted elsewhere?

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

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you can take it again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Final Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Vermont Bowhunter Ed Course completion?

Once you pass the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Bowhunter Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Bowhunter Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.

What is the permanent Vermont Certification Card?

The Certification Card is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Certification Card will arrive within 2-3 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Certification Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Certification Card, go to

We’re people, not robots.

Your Bowhunter Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm CST
Sat-Sun 8am to 5pm CST
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)

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