Bowhunter Education

Bow Hunter education classes are not mandatory in Illinois, however individuals interested in bow hunting are encouraged to attend a National Bow Hunter Education Foundation course. 

A separate bow Hunter education course is required in many of the states and provinces to comply with the bow hunting laws and regulations in those jurisdictions (see below).

Always check local laws as regulations may change or special regulations may exist in some areas.

The course meets all the requirements for those states, provinces, countries, or special circumstances requiring proof of taking a bow Hunter education course. 
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Brunswick
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Nova Scotia
  • Quebec
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont


Two Way To Take The Course

Instructor-led Classes-
The traditional class method is through an instructor-led class structure. Classes may be taught in one day or over a couple of different days. The class will end with a  test to pass the class. Interested individuals may contact: 
Jim McFarlane

Online Self-Study Course-Students may study the course material at their own pace, completing chapter reviews along the way.  At the end of the course material the student will be required to pass an exam.       Bow Hunter Ed Illinois

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