Although this course is not required by Iowa law, it is required in a number of other states including South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana. The Department of Natural Resources encourages bowhunters to enroll in this course, especially first time hunters. The bowhunter program is designed to teach bowhunters safe and ethical hunting techniques and to install responsible attitudes toward people, wildlife and the environment.
The course is based on the National Bowhunter Education Foundation's publications and is administered by the Department of Natural Resources. The course covers topics such as responsibilities of a bowhunter, knowledge necessary before hunting, shot placement, tree stand safety, blood trailing, and game care.
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The Iowa DNR offers two ways of completing bow hunter education.
Bowhunter education classroom courses are held annually, typically in August and September.
*If as a student, you require reasonable accommodations to participate in a classroom type education program, please advise the listed contact person at the time of pre-registration.
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