Starting July 15, the NYS DEC began offering its new online bowhunter education certification course, DEC commissioner Basil Seggos announced. “DEC began offering online hunter education courses this spring, and the response has been fantastic. I encourage all experienced and aspiring bowhunters to take advantage of this opportunity and sign up to take the bowhunter education course online.” Seggos went on to say.
If you wish to bow hunt deer or bear in New York State, a bowhunter education course along with a mandatory hunter education course are both required before the purchase of a hunting license. All of the DEC’s in person bowhunter education courses have been cancelled this year as a result of the State’s ongoing COVID-19 response. This new online course allows for new bowhunters to complete their required certifications in time for the fall hunting season. More than 30,000 people have completed the DEC’s new online hunter education course since its April 15 announcement.
To take the course and receive the certificate, you must be a New York State resident. The course costs $30 and can be accessed here at the Bowhunter-ed website. The online course is available through Aug. 31.
The DEC’s Hunter Education Program is partnered with Kalkomey Enterprises, which is a company that specializes in hunter education in order to offer a class that takes six to eight hours to complete. The course covers bow safety, tree stand safety, hunting ethics, wildlife conservation, and New York State hunting laws and regulations. Those who complete the online bowhunter education course, and the final exam successfully will be awarded their bowhunter education certificate. The course is available to those 11 years of age or older, but only those who have a minimum age of 12 may purchase a hunting license. The course can be completed from a computer, tablet, or smart phone at any time.