New Option to Complete South Dakota Bowhunter Education

PIERRE, S.D. – A new online bowhunter education course is now available to help South Dakotans improve their archery skills.

“This new, 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,” Jason Kool, hunter education administrator for the Game, Fish and Parks Department, said.

All archery big game licensees ages 11-15, all first-time archery big game licensees regardless of age and all archery elk licensees are required to possess bowhunter education certification prior to obtaining an archery license.

The program includes a field day, but attendance is not required.

“This new training opportunity meets the national and state bowhunter education program requirements and allows students to learn at their own pace,” said Kool.   

This new online course is a partnership between GFP, the National Bowhunter Education Foundation and Kalkomey Enterprises allowing students to study for free, paying only $30 when they pass the online course.

Students wanting to complete this new online South Dakota bowhunter education course can visit

For those who are looking for a more personable approach to their completion of bowhunter education, the in-person classroom option is still available for free. Class listings can be found under the Outdoor Learning section on the Game, Fish and Parks website

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