Wisconsin Bowhunter Laws and Regulations
Passing this Bowhunter safety course will complete your online safety education for Wisconsin.
pay only when you pass, unlimited exam attempts
Do you need Wisconsin Bowhunter education?
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1973 is required to possess a hunter safety certificate or a bowhunting education certificate in order to bowhunt in Wisconsin.
You must be at least 18 years old to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Wisconsin 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:
- 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, Wisconsin will accept Bowhunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster Street
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Wisconsin Bowhunter students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions