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Department of Natural Resources

Bow Hunting Certification

Who Needs This Certification?
Anyone who wants to hunt with a bow in Nova Scotia.

One must be 12 years of age or older to get this certification.
Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
Where can you get this Certification and / or further information?

For more information, visit the Bow Hunting website.

Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. (See Offices, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.)
Bow Hunting Education Course, Department of Natural Resources Website  

Consult the Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations (which is available both in printed form and on the Department of Natural Resources website.)

Application Forms and Process:

An application form can be obtained from the nearest Local or Area Office or apply online at The applicant must be 12 years of age or older.

Applications received between August 1 and December 31 will be processed during the next calendar year. When a course date and location has been set you will be notified in time to attend that course.

Instructions on how to proceed with your application are explained on the application form.  When the application is complete, it is submitted to the Bowhunter Instructors Association of Nova Scotia along with the required fee.

You must successfully pass the Bowhunter Education Course (see Additional Information below).  

If all the requirements are met, and the application is approved, you will receive a Wildlife Resources Cardby mail which indicates that you have Bowhunting Certification.  If you already have a valid Wildlife Resources Card, you will receive a new copy of your card by mail which indicates that you now have Bowhunting Certification.

Waiting Period:

Upon the successful completion of the Bowhunter Education Course, you will receive a temporary student registration card, which is valid for 1 year from the date of issue. Your permanent Wildlife Resources Card will be automatically sent to you within 2-3 months of taking the course.


Bow Hunting Certification Course:  $40 plus HST.

Please pay by personal cheque or money order made out to the Bowhunter Instructors Association of Nova. If applying online you will be asked to use a Visa or Mastercard. 

Expiry and Renewal:

The Wildlife Resources Card, displaying your Bowhunter Certification is valid for five (5) years, and can be renewed.

Related Requirements:
Additional Information:

The course is conducted by the Bowhunter Instructors Association of Nova Scotia.

For further information, please see Bow Hunting Education Course on the Department of Natural Resources Website.

Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504


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