Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has cancelled all in-person bowhunter courses for the year, but has initiated an online course, available through Aug. 31 for any New York State resident 11 or older to receive a bowhunter education certificate, required to get a bowhunting license.
The online course provides an opportunity for new archery hunters to get their required bowhunter education certificates before the fall hunting seasons begin. Since the April 15 launch of DEC’s new online hunter education course, more than 30,000 people have completed the course. Nearly 70 percent of those completing the online course are 21 or over, and almost 40 percent are women.
DEC’s Hunter Education Program is partnering with Kalkomey Enterprises, a company that specializes in hunter education, to offer online courses that can be completed in six to eight hours. The online course covers all the topics of the traditional in-person course including bow safety, tree stand safety, hunting ethics, wildlife conservation, and New York State hunting laws and regulations.
To take the online course and receive a bowhunter education certificate, you must be a New York State resident. The cost of the course is $30. The course can be accessed at Bowhunter-ed website. The online course will be available through August 31, 2020.