New Bowhunting Regulations in Alaska

The Alaska Board of Game recently passed a regulation stating that “Bowhunters in hunts restricted to archery only must carry their IBEP or equivalent department approved certification card on them while archery hunting in the field, and must show their card to peace officers and department employees upon request. Beginning July 1, 2016, all big game hunters using archery will be required to have successfully completed a department approved certification course. Currently, this is required if the hunt is restricted to archery only.”

If you or anyone you know plans to hunt big game in Alaska with archery equipment, please research this new requirement. Alaska accepts the NBEF or IBEP Certification Cards from any state/province-sponsored “bowhunter education specific” courses (not combination classes).

If you have questions about class schedules, opportunities, or the new regulations, contact the Alaska Department of Fish & Game at: (907) 267-2196,, or visit their website here.

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

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