Bowhunter Ed Course Available for SoDak Hunters

A new online bowhunter education course is designed to help South Dakota bowhunters improve their skills and stay safe in the woods.

Bowhunter Ed, an official course of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, teaches safe in-the-field practices, bow shooting basics, different methods of bowhunting, and shot placement and recovery techniques. By completing this Bowhunter Ed course, students satisfy bowhunter educational requirements for South Dakota, with no field day required.Raising Bow

“The course is South Dakota’s official online bowhunter education course. The training is a great idea for students because they learn safe practices and study information that will truly help them in the field,” said Jason Kool, hunter education administrator for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

The new South Dakota-approved online bowhunter education course allows students to study for free, paying only when they pass the course. All first-time archery big game hunters as well as big game archery licensees 12 through 15 years of age are required to have their South Dakota bowhunter education certificate.

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The Bowhunter Ed course is mobile friendly so students can take the course on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. The South Dakota Bowhunter Ed course features easy-to-understand information, instructional videos, plus detailed illustrations and animations to help students become better, more prepared bowhunters.

To take the South Dakota-approved bowhunter education course, visit

While bowhunter education isn’t required in some states, several states and provinces do require it. The South Dakota Bowhunter Ed course will satisfy the bowhunter education requirements mandated by the following states and provinces:

New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Nova Scotia
Rhode Island
South Dakota

“Bowhunting seasons in South Dakota and many other states will be opening in late summer,” said Marilyn Bentz, executive director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation.

“If South Dakota residents are planning to hunt big game in South Dakota with a bow, or you are planning to bowhunt in a state requiring a bowhunter education certificate, you would be wise to take this course or a traditional course now. Then you can dedicate the remainder of the summer to fine tuning your equipment and shooting.”

For more information regarding the NBEF or becoming an instructor, contact the NBEF at or visit To take an online bowhunter education course, visit

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