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Department of Natural Resources

Crossbow Education Course

Who Needs This Certification?

Anyone who wants to hunt with a crossbow 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 further information?

The Crossbow Hunter Education Course is available online.


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:

This course is only offered online. Go to: to take the course. To get more information on hunting with crossbows in Nova Scotia please visit: The applicant must be 12 years of age or older.

In addition to passing the online crossbow course, individuals must have successfully completed the Bow Hunter Education Course, or be Hunter Trained or Hunter Grandfathered to be qualified to hunt with a crossbow

If all the requirements are met, and the application is approved, you will receive a Wildlife Resources Cardby mail which indicates that you have Crossbow Hunting 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 Crossbow Hunting Certification.

Waiting Period:



$29.95 plus HST

Must be paid in order to be certified.
Pay by VISA, MasterCard, by phone, or mail a cheque.

Expiry and Renewal:

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

Related Requirements:


Additional Information:

To hunt with a crossbow in Nova Scotia you must :

  1. have held a valid firearm cerification and a valid bow cerification in the province prior to September 1, 2012
  2. produce proof satisfactory to the Department that you have been certified to hunt with a crossbow in another jurisdiction
  3. hold a certification to hunt with a firearm or bow and complete a crossbow hunter safety course.
Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504


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