Bowhunter Education

Bowhunter Education

Bowhunter Education is a comprehensive course that dives deeper into the specifics of hunting skills, ethics and responsibility for bowhunters


A Bowhunter Education Certificate is not required for individuals to bowhunt in Wyoming. However, it is recommended for new and seasoned bowhunters who want to develop skills for bowhunting. The Wyoming Game and Fish offers bowhunter education courses that meet the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) standards and is accepted by other states that require bowhunter education.


Traditional Course Details

Recommended for ages 10+ 


Traditional Bowunter Education courses are taught in person and are instructor-led in a classroom setting. Traditional courses are better for students 12 years old and younger, hands-on learners, or individuals new to firearm handling. 


This course is 8 -14 hours long and scheduled over 1-2 days. The course covers hunter responsibility and ethics, wildlife conservation and management, archery equipment and archery safety, Game and Fish statutes and regulations, game care, wildlife identification, and outdoor safety. 


Spanish curriculum and translators are available upon request. 


To earn a certification:

  • Students must attend all scheduled class dates.

  • Students must pass a 50-question multiple-choice test with a minimum test score of 80%.

  • Students must pass a blood trailing field exercise

  • Live fire is not required. However, some classes may offer an opportunity to shoot at an archery range.


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Hunter education course, hands-on-lesson crossing fence with a firearm

Hybrid course details

Must be ages 10+


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers a 2 part hybrid online and in-person bowhunter education certification option. 

  • Part 1 in an online only, in-home course. 

  • Part 2 is the REQUIRED Bowhunter Internet Completion Course (ICC), an in-person, 4-hour, instructor-led course. 


*An Internet completion class may not be available when or where you need it, so pre-register for an Internet Completion Course before beginning the online self-study portion. 

*If you take the Wyoming online course, you MUST take the Wyoming internet completion course. Individuals that took an online course from a different state will NOT be allowed to take a Wyoming ICC.

Part 1: Online course

The online portion is self-study through an online course.  Adults average 9-10 hours of study while youth average 14 hours.


Spanish curriculum and translators are NOT YET AVAILABLE for the online course. 

  • Cost is $19.95 per person

  • Students must pass online progress quizzes


Once the online class is completed, students will be given a certificate of completion and will have 12 months from the time of completion to take an Internet Completion Course.


Online hunter education course

Part 2: Internet completion course

The Internet Completion Class is an in-person, instructor-led class in a classroom setting for 4-6 hours.


The class will cover:

  • Review of online curriculum 

  • Wyoming hunting laws and regulations

  • Wyoming wildlife ID and classification

  • Basics of firearm safety

  • Students must pass a 50-question multiple-choice test with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Students must pass a firearm handling practical.

  • Live fire is not required. However, some classes may offer an opportunity to shoot at a firearm range.


Register for an internet completion course to complete your Hybrid Course and receive your Wyoming Hunter Education Certificate.


Register for internet completion course


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Topics taught in every Wyoming hunter education class include:

  • Hunter Responsibility and Ethics
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Firearms and Firearm Safety
  • Game and Fish Statutes and Regulations
  • Game Care and Wildlife Identification
  • Outdoor Safety