Two free bowhunter education classroom courses have been scheduled for Great Falls.

The courses will occur in April and May. Registration for both is taking place now online at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site. There will also be sign-up times at FWP for those who do not have access to a computer.

The first course will run 6-9 p.m., April 8 and 9, and 7-9 p.m., April 14, 15, and 16. A field exercise will take place April 19. Classes will be held at Paris Gibson Education Center, 2400 Central Ave.

The second course will be 6-9 p.m., May 12 and 13, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 17. A field exercise will follow on May 17. Classes will be held at Paris Gibson Education Center.

To register online go to the FWP website,, and follow the links to Education and Bowhunter Education. Then go to either April 8 or May 12 and select a classroom at Paris Gibson.

For those without a computer, registration will take place 6-7 p.m., April 1, for the first course and 6-7 p.m., May 6, for the second course at FWP, 4600 Giant Springs Road.

Every student must pick up and read the bowhunter education manual before the first class. Manuals are available at FWP.

Prospective bowhunters, ages 12 to 17, must take both a hunter and bowhunter education course before they can buy an archery license.

All first time bowhunters, regardless of age must complete a bowhunter education course. State law says anyone buying an archery license must show either a previous year’s archery license or a certificate of completion from a bowhunter education course.

For more information on this or any other course in north central Montana contact the FWP office in Great Falls, 454-5840.

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