The Online + Field Course is ideal for older youth and adult bow hunters who already have been shooting archery and/or bow hunting. For younger students, adults should assist them with the online course and accompany them during the field course.
The certification process consists of two parts:
- Online coursework: Complete the Online Bow Hunter Education Course.
- Pre-register for and attend a “Field Course” with a TPWD-certified bow hunter education instructor.
Part 1- Online Course
This Bow Hunter Education online course is provided by one independent, private vendor for a fee – a fee which is separate from the $15 fee paid to the instructor in Part 2 – the Field Day..
After completing the online homework of Part 1, print out the field day certificate (voucher) and bring it with you to the field course.
Part 2- Field Course
The Field Course includes: a presentation of ethical and responsible bow hunting, participation in a bow hunting skills trail, a bow shooting exercise/test, review of regulations and a final exam (score at least 75% to pass). The Field Course is completed in one day (min. 4 hours). You must pre-register for this course with the bow hunter education instructor to reserve a seat and find out further details, such as location and hours.
Schedule of Bow Hunter Education Field Courses
When you arrive at the Field Course site:
- Bring the “Field Day” Certificate
- Pay the $15 fee to the instructor.
- Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude while completing the Field Day
- Take the written exam and score at least 75% correct to pass.
- Upon successful completion of Parts 1 and 2, you will PRINT out your permanent card once the instructor submits an online payment. The instructor will let you know. You may legally bow hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and proof of bow hunter education on areas (e.g. Hagerman NWR) that require such certification in addition to the state’s hunter education requirement.
- Note: A bow hunter education certificate does not take the place of a hunter education certificate or state requirement.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Bowhunter Education Course
Sunday 19 September 2021, Hagerman NWR/Sherman, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife will be conducting a Bowhunter Education course at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Sunday 19 September 2021 @0800 until 1400 (8am to 2pm). The course will be conducted in the Goode Day use area. Address- 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman, TX 75092- This is the address for the Headquarters. The Goode day use area is North of the HQ across the low water bridge. Note that in the event of heavy rain this bridge may be closed so I would suggest from Hwy 289, west on Hagerman Rd, north on Refuge Rd, west on Hagerman Corp. Rd. There is a restroom available.
This is a field day only
course, participants will need to have completed the Texas online portion (www.NBEF.org
) or http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/texas/
, take the online test, print and bring
the Field Day qualifier form to the course on Saturday.
Depending on the number of participants, weather, etc, it may go slightly longer, I apologize in advance.
Course will be 100% outdoors. As of course publishing, we will have a live fire course “mock qualifier”, this will not impact your ability for certification. Updates will be available closer to course dates. Again, qualifier is not mandatory.
Pending COVID-19 issues, Class size is a maximum of 30. You will be split into groups of 5.
All participants will be required to arrive with the following items
Face covering (staff will advise when can be removed)
Clipboard (something to support writing)
Pen and Pencil(s)
Additional suggested items -
Chair, boots, sunscreen, insect repellant
For all participants, I believe the online course cost is $30.00, the field day portion will be $15.00 and paid at the beginning of the course.
This being a Field Day only course, it’s better suited for a somewhat experienced bowhunter. Short timeframe usually dictates little or no one-on-one instruction. Basically we will cover some important points, engage in a discussion covering rules/ethics, participate in a mock blood-trailing, a shoot-don’t shoot/range estimation exercise, some tree-stand discussion/demo’s, and then a TPWD final test. For those that want to hang around afterward we can have a short Hagerman NWR introduction and/or you can do some refuge scouting.
Let me know if anyone needs handicapped access. Minimum age for certification is 9 years old.
My contact information is Doug at 817-223-2839, DHL-Archery@sbcglobal.net