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Bowhunter Ed Offers New Iowa Online-only Bowhunter Education Course
Posted: 03/11/2014

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

Bowhunter Ed, which is 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 the state of Iowa, with no field day required.

“The course is Iowa’s official online bowhunter education course. The training is a great idea for new or experienced bowhunters because they learn safe practices and study information that will truly help them in the field,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The new online bowhunter education course allows students to study for free, paying only when they pass the course. The course is mobile friendly so students can take the course on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. It features easy-to-understand information, instructional videos, plus detailed illustrations and animations to help students become better, more prepared bowhunters.

To take the Iowa-approved bowhunter education course, visit Students must be at least 18 years of age to register for and complete the online course.  While bowhunter education isn’t required in some states, several states and provinces do require bowhunter education.

The Iowa Bowhunter Ed course will satisfy the bowhunter education requirements mandated by Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Nova Scotia and Quebec Canada.

“Bowhunting seasons will be here before you know it so there’s no better time than now to complete your education,” said Marilyn Bentz, executive director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation.


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


For more information contact Megan Wisecup, Hunter Education Administrator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-238-4968.