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Bow Hunter Ed Online + Field Course

The Online + Field Course is ideal for older youth and adult bow hunters who already have been shooting archery and/or bow hunting. For younger students, adults should assist them with the online course and accompany them during the field course.

The certification process consists of two parts:

  1. Online coursework: Complete the Online Bow Hunter Education Course.
  2. Pre-register for and attend a “Field Course” with a TPWD-certified bow hunter education instructor.

Part 1- Online Course

This Bow Hunter Education online course is provided by one independent, private vendor for a fee – a fee which is separate from the $15 fee paid to the instructor in Part 2 – the Field Day..

After completing the online homework of Part 1, print out the field day certificate (voucher) and bring it with you to the field course.

Take the Online Course

Part 2- Field Course

The Field Course includes: a presentation of ethical and responsible bow hunting, participation in a bow hunting skills trail, a bow shooting exercise/test, review of regulations and a final exam (score at least 75% to pass). The Field Course is completed in one day (min. 4 hours). You must pre-register for this course with the bow hunter education instructor to reserve a seat and find out further details, such as location and hours.

Schedule of Bow Hunter Education Field Courses

When you arrive at the Field Course site:

  • Bring the “Field Day” Certificate
  • Pay the $15 fee to the instructor.
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude while completing the Field Day
  • Take the written exam and score at least 75% correct to pass.
  • Upon successful completion of Parts 1 and 2, you will PRINT out your permanent card once the instructor submits an online payment. The instructor will let you know. You may legally bow hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and proof of bow hunter education on areas (e.g. Hagerman NWR) that require such certification in addition to the state’s hunter education requirement.
  • Note: A bow hunter education certificate does not take the place of a hunter education certificate or state requirement.