Montana Offers Bow Hunting Classes in Missoula

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Two bowhunter education classes will be offered in Missoula in February, and prospective students can register online now.

Students can elect to take a class on Saturday, Feb. 5 or Saturday, Feb. 12 from 8:30-5:30 p.m. at the Missoula Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) office, 3201 Spurgin Road. Students that take either of these classes must also complete a half-day field course on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1-4 p.m.

Interested students can register online now at Follow links to Education and Hunter Education and View Schedule.

Additional bowhunter education classes will be offered in Missoula and other west-central Montana communities from March through June, but not all class schedules have been set at this time.

For a current list of bowhunter education classes, visit the online class schedule at, and follow links to Educationand Hunter Education or call the Missoula FWP office at 406-542-5500.

Montana also offers online bowhunter education classes for anyone 18 years and older. Most of the coursework is completed online, and then students must take a field day to receive their certification card. Field courses for online students will be offered in Missoula on Feb. 13, March 20, May 26 and June 23. For more information about the online class and to register for a field day go online to There is a $20 fee for the online course.

By state law, all first time bowhunters must complete a bowhunter education course in order to purchase a bow and arrow license in Montana. Bowhunters born after January 1, 1985 must also show proof of completing a hunter education program.


jaybe's picture

This is interesting - a

This is interesting - a special bow hunter certificate for ALL first-time bow hunters. We don't have a separate certification for bow hunters, just a hunter safety course for anyone born after January 1, 1960. This is good for all types of hunting, and is required for the purchase of a license.

I think it's a great idea, though, as the dynamics of bow hunting are very different than hunting with a firearm. Shot placement is much more important, and tracking skills are almost always required to follow up on even a mortally wounded animal.

It sounds like Montana wants hunters to know how to avoid wounding animals, and also how to find them once they have put an arrow into one. I like it!