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The Traditional Bowhunter Course

The Traditional Course is composed of two parts - a classroom session and a field session. In the field session you must successfully complete a standardized proficiency shoot and blood trailing exercise.

There are a few EASY steps to enroll in a Traditional Bowhunter Education course.

  1. Purchase a $10.00 Bowhunter Education packet at any Fish & Game Office.
  2. Sign up in a log book for a course in your area. Traditional course offerings are normally 8 to 9 hours and are held as an all day Saturday course or two evenings during the week.
  3. Study the material in Today's Bowhunter and then complete the chapter review questions. Chapter Review Exercises must be completed prior to attending the classroom course with a certified instructor.
  4. Attend the class date that you signed up for. Certified instructors will offer classroom lecture (including Alaska specific issues) and review of course material. You will then take a 50 question, written test and will need to score 80%.
  5. The remainder of the day (full day course) or the second evening (two evening course) will be your Field Day and will include field course demonstrations, blood trailing exercise and a required shooting proficiency with a certified instructor.
  6. The student must pass both the classroom and field portions of the course to be certified.
View the statewide schedule for the Traditional Bowhunter Education courses

Learn more about what is in involved in a Traditional bowhunter proficiency shoot.