Oregon’s Bowhunter Education Program teaches bowhunters the fundamentals of safe, responsible archery hunting
and an appreciation and respect for the environment in which they hunt.
Bowhunter Education certification is not required to hunt during archery-only seasons in Oregon; however it is required in several surrounding states. (Hunter education is also required for anyone under age 18 to hunt in Oregon, including if the youth is bowhunting.) Information on states with mandatory bowhunter education requirements can be found at the IHEA’s Bowhunter Education Standards webpage. Oregon’s Bowhunter Education Certification is accepted in all other states and Canadian Provinces.
While Bowhunter Education is voluntary in Oregon, it is a great course that every hunter can benefit from. In fact, bowhunters who have completed the program are more successful at harvesting deer and elk than those who have not.
The Oregon Bowhunter Education Course consists of the following topics:
The course is hands-on, and students will be required to shoot their own bows and arrows during class.
There are two options for completing a Bowhunter Education Course in Oregon:
Students complete the classroom portion of the course online and must pass an online field day qualifier exam before attending a ½ day field day to complete the hands-on and final exam requirements.
Here is how to register:
Information for the class instructor and date, time, location of class is printed on the receipt.
These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).
The Oregon Outdoor Skills Program is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers all persons the opportunity to participate in programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. No individual will be turned away from or otherwise be denied access to or benefit from, any program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: Chief, Public Civil Rights Division, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
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