Nebraska Bowhunter Education Classroom Course
Archery Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed a separate Bowhunter Education Course and carry proof on their person when hunting Deer, Antelope, Elk or Mountain Sheep with a bow and arrow or crossbow.
About the Class
Bowhunter education courses will provide instruction in the safe use of bowhunting equipment, the fundamentals of bowhunting, shooting and hunting techniques, game identification, conservation management as well as hunter ethics.
Bowhunter education classes are offered by knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer instructors for students 12 through 29 years of age. Students 11 years of age and older on the examination day will be able to take the test and complete the course and may be issued a certificate of successful completion of the course.
How Long is the Course?
The Classroom Course must include a minimum of 8 hours of instruction and be a minimum 2 sessions. Most classes offered are 3 to 5 sessions.
Can I Use My Certification from Another State?
Certification from those states and provinces that include bowhunting as a just a portion of their Hunter Education Course will not meet the requirements for bowhunting certification in Nebraska. Be aware, we honor only a separate Bowhunter Education Course, and your proof must clearly state it is a BOWHUNTER EDUCATION COURSE.
We do not prevent attendance based on age; however:
- Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian every session;
- Those under 11 years of age will be required to complete the class in full following their eleventh birthday. Online registration is only available to those ages 11 and older;
- At the first session, everyone under 18 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed Parental Release Form (download, print, and sign);
- All students under 19 years of age should be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the first session to ensure appropriate information is received on dates, sessions, and additional requirements.
NOTICE: Can't find a class? Sign-up to be notified when a class is scheduled near you here. 16 years or older? If you prefer, you can complete hunter education and bowhunter education certification entirely online here. Need a certification soon? An apprentice hunter education exemption certificate may be an option until a class is scheduled near you. Learn more under the "other resources" section here.