Thursday, July 23, 2020

DEC Offers New Online Bowhunter Education Course

ECOs Nicols and Brassard with the buck and crossbowStarting 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.


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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

4 Responses

  1. REID CARR says:

    Open only to residents of NY. So I, as a landowner who resides out of state, am not eligible to take the online course but there are no in person courses available. I have been bow hunting since the ’70s in 9 different states yet I cannot hunt on my own property in NY because I don’t have a bow hunter safety certificate and NY does not recognize any other state’s certificates. Anybody interested in buying 13 wooded acres in the Kingdom of Cuomo?

    • JohnL says:

      Welcome to NY state. They (NY) don’t recognize ANY other states’ pistol permits either. And, because they don’t recognize any other states permits, other states won’t recognize NY pistol permits in their state, even though NY has probably the most stringent requirements to get a permit. Like I said. Welcome to the island that is New York State.

    • buck says:

      How long have you owned your land in NY? If you’re a new landowner, I understand your concerns. But if now, what have you been waiting for?