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Thread: Does your state require a bowhunter safety course?

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    Does your state require a bowhunter safety course?

    Just curious how many states require a bowhunter safety course.. (specifically wondering about Kansas).

    MN does not require it, but I got my certification anyways for out-of-state hunts.



    Which states requite it, and which do not? If your state isnt in your 'Location', please post it with your reply..
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    Not in ohio

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    Yes if

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    My 12 year old took it and thank the lord b/c it was the only way he could get a license in Illonois


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    SD yes with exceptions.

    All big game archery licensees
    under 16, all fi rst-time archery big game licensees regardless of age, and all
    archery elk licensees must possess a National Bowhunter Education Foundation
    certifi cate or certifi cate of completion from a bowhunter education course approved
    by any state or provincial government. Those under 16 must also possess
    the standard HuntSAFE Card.

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    TN requires a hunter safety course to obtain a hunting license but not a bowhunter safety course.
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    CT has a Bow Hunting Ed Course, A Firearms Ed Course, A Water Set Trapping Course, and a Land Trapping course (targeting coyotes) Rediculous I know... Two trapping courses. I have a ton of licenses I didn't even know existed growing up now...
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    I have a publication distributed by the IBEF that is copyright 2005 that lists

    Alaska - Maine - New York
    Connecticut - Montana - Rhode Island
    Idaho - Nebraska - South Dakota
    Kansas - New Hampshire - Vermont
    Louisiana - New Jersey

    as well as

    New Brunswick
    Nova Scotia
    Quebec

    in Canada

    Where the IBEP course is required to comply with regulations. Don't know if any have been added since 2005.
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    Maine does for anyone over 16 Years old, under that you do not need one but you have to bve accompanied by someone 18 or over I believe.
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    IL requires a hunters safety course for ANY hunter born after 1980.

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    Yes in New York. 8 hour couse in addition to the hunting course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bohunter09 View Post
    TN requires a hunter safety course to obtain a hunting license but not a bowhunter safety course.
    Same as this in Mississippi
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    Pa at present does if you were born after a certain date. I had been bow hunting for year and I was exempt but I still took it when my son needed it for his archery Liscense. By the way it was a good course for any and all.
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    yup, i thought it was fun. got to fallow a blood trail they set up, shoot bows and talk to a bunch of nice people.
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    Not needed in Hawaii. Just a hunters safety.

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    KS requires a hunters safety course but not a bow hunter safety course. I wish they would require a bow hunter safety/proficiency test.
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    NC no Bowhunter safety course just a regular hunter safety course.
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    In SC there is a required Hunter Safety course for anyone born after 1979.

    Bowhunter Education course is taught by the SCBA but is not required.

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    Alabama requires a hunter safety course to hunt on your own if you are under a certain age. If not you can hunt under supervision of someone who has a hunter safety cert and license.

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    I found this pdf also in the Nevada Dept of Wildlife

    http://www.ndow.org/learn/classes/hu...wed_states.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiobooners View Post
    In all seriousness I do hope ppl understand that a deer is not worth losing your dignity over.

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    the ones I know of:
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    in VA we are required to take a general Hunter Safety Course (this course also qualifies you for your CCW, so that worked out nice!)

    That hunters safety course allows you to get your license to hunt bow/gun/whatever... However, to join the groups that allow you to hunt in the more suburban areas, you need to take an IBEP course.

    The IBEP course was good... I actually enjoyed it. I don't know anyone who's taken it and not learned SOMETHING! It's just a good thing to have.

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    Michigan only requires a hunters safety course. I do wish they would require some type of skills test for bow hunting.

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    NY does but then again I don't really think we're part of the United States...at least we not part of the real America
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    The MN DNR website says that Kansas requires bowhunter education certification...Can someone confirm if this is true or false??

    I am wondering if my girlfriend needs it to hunt there this spring. She already has her gun training certification, but not the extra "bowhunter" course.

    Here in MN we can take it online, print out the voucher that says you passed, then participate in a field day. I signed her up for a field day, paid the $20 to register for it (which the DNR website said would be $5-10), then when we went to sign up for the online course, it said there would be a $24.50 fee at the end of it - $45.50 for the stupid certification!?!? Are you kidding me??? Does this seem excessive to anyone else, or just me??
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    Kansas' website states:

    Anyone required to have Hunter Education by law (which would be her), must have it regardless of the tool of the hunt used (bow or gun), but you dont need a bowhunter education course to bowhunt there.

    Im assuming that her gun training course is sufficient, and qualifies as "Hunter Education"...right?

    This makes me wonder - If you already have gun training certification, are there states that require you to have a SEPARATE (special) bowhunting certification to bowhunt there? Or does your gun training (hunter education?) cover you?
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