Free hunter and bowhunter education classes are available across northwest Montana.
Registration is open for hunter education courses in several communities, including Kalispell, Bigfork, Arlee, Hot Springs, Kila, Olney, Troy, Kila and Plains. Bowhunter education courses are open to registration in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Plains and Somers.
Courses are open to registration online at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter.
To purchase a Montana hunting license, any person born after January 1, 1985, must show a certificate of completing a hunter education course. Additional courses will be held later in the year.
A student must be at least 10 years old to register for a hunter education class. There is no maximum age. A student must be at least 11 years old to register for a bowhunter education course. Courses are open to anyone interested in learning outdoor safety, hunting ethics and firearm safety. Parents are welcome to accompany their child.
Online hunter and bowhunter education courses are available for those who are 18 years or older. Adults must still attend a field course to become certified.
“Apprentice hunters” between the ages of 10 and 17 are allowed to hunt without hunter education certification as long as they are accompanied by someone who is 21 years or older and has an Apprentice Hunter Mentor Form in his/her possession. Applicable licenses are still required.
For a complete list of available courses and more information about hunter education, visit fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter.