State Bowhunter Education Requirements

 

 

State

Min Age

On-Line

Required for State & Remarks

Alabama

none

Y

 

Alaska

none

N

Required proficiency shoot, BHE Required for many special state hunts and urban draws

Arizona

10

N

Required for all big game hunting

Arkansas

none

Y

Not Required

California

none

Y

Not Required

Colorado

none

N

Either BHE or HE required for license, minimum age is 12 for Big Game License, Strongly recommend BHE for 10 and up only

Connecticut

11

N

Required for all, minimum of 12 to buy Junior Bow Hunting Permit

Delaware

none

N

Offered, very occasionally

Florida

none

Y

Not Required

Hawaii

10

N

must take HE first, not required for any archery hunting

Georgia

 

N

Not offered by state agency

Idaho

10

Y

Required for any archery only hunts of any species

Illinois

none

N

Not Required

Indiana

N/A

N

BHE not offered in their state

Iowa

none

N

Only required by some urban hunts

Kansas

none

Y

Not required

Kentucky

none

N

Not required, but offered

Louisiana

10

N

Not mandatory for state, Mandatory for hunting FWS Federal Refuges

Maine

10

N

Require statewide

Maryland

none

Y

Not Required

Massachusetts

none

N

Strongly suggest no one below 10 take course

Michigan

none

Y

Not required, age limit of 12 to take online course

Minnesota

12

N

Not required except special hunts, must take HE first if under 16

Mississippi

N/A

N

Not offered

Missouri

11

N

Not required statewide, but is required by some cities for urban hunts

Montana

11

Y 18 & up

Required for all, minimum of 12 Bow Hunting Permit

Nebraska

11

Y

Required statewide

Nevada

none

N

Not required for any archery hunting, under 11 must attend with an adult, must be 12 or older to hunt big game

New Hampshire

12

N

Mandatory

New Jersey

10

N

Not required

New Mexico

none

N

Not required

New York

12

N

Required for big game archery permits, must be 14 to buy junior archery permit

North Carolina

none

N

Not Required for any archery hunting, no minimum age for HE either

North Dakota

11

N

Not Required

Ohio

none

Y

Not required statewide for any archery hunting, maybe required by certain urban areas

Oklahoma

none

N

Not required or taught by state, only by IBEP instructors

Oregon

none

N

Not required

Pennsylvania

11

N

Not required state wide may be required by some municipalities

Rhode Island

none

N

Youngster must be 12 years old to get his/her first license.  Course is a requirement for everyone prior to archery deer hunting

South Carolina

none

N

offered through State Bowhunter Association

South Dakota

12

Y

Mandatory for any 1st time license holder or 1st time Elk license holder

Tennessee

9

N

Not required, age requirement same as HE

Texas

12

Y

Required in certain areas not statewide

Utah

none

N

offered through State Bowhunter Association, not required, however state does require the taking of a special extended archery season online course if planning to participate

Vermont

none

N

Mandatory

Virginia

none

N

Not required

Washington

none

Y

Not required

West Virginia

none

N

offered through State Bowhunter Association

Wisconsin

none

N

Not required

Wyoming

none

N

Not required

 

 

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