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Bow Hunter Education

NEW: Registration for hunter education classes and field days has moved online!

Here is how to register:

  • See what Hunter Education Courses or Field Days are available by looking online. View all Classes / Workshops before making a purchase. Green tabs will give you an option to view classes or field day options, once you locate a course or field day, scroll to the bottom of the page and Go Back to Registration.

  • Enter the student’s existing Hunter/Angler ID# (ODFW ID#), printed on all fishing or hunting licenses and tags.

    • If the student has never had an ODFW license or tag, click on the drop down and choose “New Customer."
    • Enter the student’s last name and birth date.

  • Enter in student’s new customer information or Modify the existing account if necessary. Social security number is optional.

  • Continue to choose the class or field day you would like and continue through to checkout.

  • Pay the $10 fee with a credit or debit card.

  • Information for the class instructor and date, time, location of class is printed on the receipt.

Oregon’s Bowhunter Education Program teaches bowhunters the fundamentals of safe and 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, even if 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.

What You'll Learn

The Oregon Bowhunter Education Course consists of the following topics:

  • Introduction to Bowhunting
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Safe and Responsible Bowhunting
  • Know your Bow and Arrow
  • Preparing for the hunt
  • Hunting from elevated stands and other bowhunting techniques
  • Shot placement and recovery techniques
  • Outdoor Preparedness

The course is hands-on, and students will be required to shoot their own bows and arrows during class.

Course Options and Classes

There are two options for completing a Bowhunter Education Course in Oregon:

Conventional Class Option:

  • Incorporates classroom lecture and hands-on learning in one full day of instruction.

  • Conventional classes normally last approximately 8 hours. Cost: $10 payable to ODFW.

Bowhunter Education Courses and Field Day

Online Class w/ Field Day Option:

  • 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.
  • Students must have access to an adequate computer, printer (to print field day qualifier certificate) and internet access.

  • To receive credit for completing the online class, a prerequisite to attending the required field day, students must complete the online course and pass the online Field Day Qualifier Exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, students must be able to print a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This certificate is required for admittance to the field day. If you have successfully completed the online class and have difficulty printing your certificate please call the course provider at 1-800-830-2268.

  • STOP! If you have not registered for a field day, please scroll down on this page to view the available Internet Field Day listings. Completing the Online Course does not guarantee you registration in a field day!

  • Field days normally last approximately 4 hours. Cost: $10 payable to ODFW and $20 payable to online course provider.

  • Start the Online Course: Bowhunter Education Online Course

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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