Bowhunter Education

Not just for kids and not just for hunters, Missouri's bowhunter-education program is for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in conservation. The course can be an excellent refresher for veteran bowhunters.

Who Should Take the Course?

Anyone with an interest in archery and/or hunting. Students as young as 11 years may take the course.

What Does the Course Cover?

You will receive a minimum of eight hours of classroom training, plus additional time for testing, outdoor demonstrations and other classroom discussion usually taught in two sessions. Topics covered include the following:

  • Modern bowhunting history and development
  • Bowhunter responsibility and ethics
  • How archery equipment works, bowhunting and treestand safety
  • Wildlife identification, game care, survival and first aid skills
  • Shot placement, game recovery, trailing and field dressing
  • Awareness about wildlife conservation and management
  • Rules and information unique to Missouri

At the end of the class you will take a written examination. You need a score of 80 percent to pass the course. Most students pass the test on their first attempt.

Why Should I Become Bowhunter-Education Certified?

  • While it is not required by statewide game regulations, many cities that allow archery hunting inside their city limits require the bowhunter be bowhunter-education certified to take part.
  • Some landowners or special corporate landholdings may require hunters to be bowhunter-education certified before hunting on their land.
  • Many other states require bowhunter education before hunters are allowed to apply for or take part in bowhunts in their state.

MDC recommends that all bowhunters take bowhunter education. To learn more about the program or become an instructor, contact the outdoor skills specialist in your area.