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Bowhunter Education

Requirements

South Dakota requires that residents and nonresidents must complete the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) safety course in the following cases:

  • Youth age 12 (or will turn 12 by Dec. 31 of current year) through age 15 who will be purchasing a big game archery license (in addition, must have a valid hunter safety certificate)
  • Any first time big game archery licensee regardless of age (If you are a previous big game archery licensee, you are exempt from this requirement)
  • Any resident who receives an archery elk license

If you possess a valid certificate of completion from a bowhunter education course approved by any state or provincial government, you are exempt from the requirement to have a South Dakota Bowhunter Education certificate.

BowEd Courses

Classes are usually scheduled January - September by volunteer instructors. Information is updated on this page as classes are schedule.

Belle Fourche
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 16, 2014
    8am-4:30pm
    Center of the Nation Sportsman's Club Range
    Pre-register by calling GFP office in Belle Fourche at 605.982.4968.
    View Flyer >
Custer
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 16, 2014
    8am-5pm
    Top Pin Archery
Huron
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    Beadle County Sportsmen's Club
    No pre-registration necessary
    Call Huron GFP Office at 605.353.7145 with questions
    8am-6pm
    DATES:
    August 17, 2014
    September 6, 2014
Mitchell
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    July 12, 2014
    7:45am-5pm
    Davison Shooting Club
    Contact Bonnie Struble at 605.996.9810 for more information
    Register Online >
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    July 26, 2014
    9am-6pm
    Mitchell Cabela's
    Students must pre-register with Cabela's archery department by calling 605.996.0337
    Limited to first 40 students, no cost, no equipment needed
Pierre
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    8am-5pm
    Izaak Walton League
    Contact Dan McCormick weekdays after 7pm or weekends at 605.222.8322 to register.
    DATES:
    August 9, 2014
Salem
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 23, 2014
    8am-5:30pm
    McCook County Wildlife Club
    Contact Kevin Sabers at 605.471.9559 for more information.
    Register Online >
Rapid City
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 9, 2014
    8am-4pm
    The Outdoor Campus-West
    Contact Scott Smallwood at 605.391.3235 for more information.
    Register Online >
Sioux Falls
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    8am-4:30pm
    Outdoor Campus East
    Pre-register by emailing Dan Johnston at mpdtjohnston@sio.midco.net
    DATES:
    June 14, 2014
    July 12, 2014
Watertown
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    July 26, 2014
    7:30am-4:30pm
    Codington County Extension
    Contact Skip Meisenheimer at 605.886.5891 for more information.
    Register Online >
Winner
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 16, 2014
    8am-5pm
    Rosebud Arrow, Rod and Gun Club
    Contact Tim Pravecek at 605.842.0855
    Register Online >
Yankton
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex
    8am-6pm
    Register at Yankton Archery Complex
    DATES:
    June 22, 2014
    August 10, 2014
    September 14, 2014
    View Flyer >
Belle Fourche
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 16, 2014
    8am-4:30pm
    Center of the Nation Sportsman's Club Range
    Pre-register by calling GFP office in Belle Fourche at 605.982.4968.
    View Flyer >
Custer
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 16, 2014
    8am-5pm
    Top Pin Archery
Huron
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    Beadle County Sportsmen's Club
    No pre-registration necessary
    Call Huron GFP Office at 605.353.7145 with questions
    8am-6pm
    DATES:
    August 17, 2014
    September 6, 2014
Mitchell
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    July 12, 2014
    7:45am-5pm
    Davison Shooting Club
    Contact Bonnie Struble at 605.996.9810 for more information
    Register Online >
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    July 26, 2014
    9am-6pm
    Mitchell Cabela's
    Students must pre-register with Cabela's archery department by calling 605.996.0337
    Limited to first 40 students, no cost, no equipment needed
Pierre
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    8am-5pm
    Izaak Walton League
    Contact Dan McCormick weekdays after 7pm or weekends at 605.222.8322 to register.
    DATES:
    August 9, 2014
Salem
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 23, 2014
    8am-5:30pm
    McCook County Wildlife Club
    Contact Kevin Sabers at 605.471.9559 for more information.
    Register Online >
Rapid City
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 9, 2014
    8am-4pm
    The Outdoor Campus-West
    Contact Scott Smallwood at 605.391.3235 for more information.
    Register Online >
Sioux Falls
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    8am-4:30pm
    Outdoor Campus East
    Pre-register by emailing Dan Johnston at mpdtjohnston@sio.midco.net
    DATES:
    June 14, 2014
    July 12, 2014
Watertown
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    July 26, 2014
    7:30am-4:30pm
    Codington County Extension
    Contact Skip Meisenheimer at 605.886.5891 for more information.
    Register Online >
Winner
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    August 16, 2014
    8am-5pm
    Rosebud Arrow, Rod and Gun Club
    Contact Tim Pravecek at 605.842.0855
    Register Online >
Yankton
Classes
  • Regular Bow Ed Class
    NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex
    8am-6pm
    Register at Yankton Archery Complex
    DATES:
    June 22, 2014
    August 10, 2014
    September 14, 2014
    View Flyer >

Bowhunter ID Card

Individuals who complete the South Dakota course receive an identification card containing your name, date of certification, certificate number, and the signature of your instructor.

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation has been in existence for over 25 years. This course was developed by archery leaders around the country to improve safety, reduce wounding loss and raise awareness about the sport of archery hunting.

Replacing your HuntSAFE ID Card

If you ever completed a HUNT SAFE course in South Dakota, you can replace your card online, or send your name, full mailing address and date of birth to: wildinfo@state.sd.us

You can print your own replacement card from the online system. Allow a minimum of two weeks for delivery for mail-in requests.

Bowhunter Education online

This totally online option, teaches safety in-the-field, bowhunting basics, shot placement and recovery techniques through easy-to-understand information, instructional videos and detailed illustrations. This course allows the student to study for free, paying only $30 upon passing the course.

  • Bowhunter Education On-line Course
    The student must create an account and register before taking the course. A certificate of completion will be provided for the student to print after completing the course.

contact

If you have questions about courses or your certification card, please contact us.

GFP-Bowhunter Education
20641 SD Hwy 1806
Fort Pierre, SD 57532

605.223.7700 E-mail: Wildinfo@state.sd.us