A bow hunter education course is scheduled April 23 – 27 in Glasgow. The classes will run each weekday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Elks Club, 309 2nd Ave. South. A mandatory field day event, where practical skills are tested, is set for 9 a.m. – noon on April 28 at the archery range off Skylark Road.
In Montana, completion of a hunter education course is required for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1985. In addition, all first-time bow hunters must complete a bow hunter education course and field day testing before they can purchase an archery license in Montana.
A child must be at least 11 years old to take the classroom courses. Registration, which is now taking place at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 office in Glasgow, requires the signature of a parent or guardian for students under the age of 18. Students are required to read the course manual before the first day of class. Classroom space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunter and bow hunter education courses are also available online through the agency’s web site at fwp.mt.gov for students who are over 18. Online students must pay an administrative fee and, depending on their age, may be required to complete other requirements. Sessions taught in a traditional classroom setting are free.
Graduates of the online bow hunter education course can attend the April 28 field day event but must register in advance. For more information, please call 406-228-3700.