BILLINGS — The first 2016 bowhunter education class in Yellowstone County is scheduled for Jan. 29-31 at the Billings Rod and Gun Club.
Anyone who hunts during an archery-only season in Montana is required to either complete a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education class or show proof that they have hunted with a bow and arrows in the past. They also must purchase a bow-and-arrow license in addition to the hunting licenses and tags for each species.
Registration for the January class is online only – students must navigate to the FWP web site athttp://fwp.mt.gov and follow the links to “education,” “hunter education programs” and “find a class or field course.” Student also are required to pick up class materials ahead of the class at the Billings FWP office – 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights – or any other FWP regional office in Montana. Before the first day of class, students must read and understand the entire manual and complete all chapter quizzes. Those who have not completed the pre-class work will not be allowed to participate in the class.
Students must be at least 11 years old on the first day of class. Those born after Jan. 1, 1985, also must complete a hunter education class before registering for the bowhunter class.
The January class is a special weekend event running from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional week-long and weekend classes and field days for online student will be scheduled for later in 2016.
Students are not required to bring archer equipment to class.