RAPID CITY, SD (October 30, 2023) – The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) recent attended the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Annual Conference in Calgary, Canada. The 113th annual meeting provided an opportunity for North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to gather in person and virtually to discuss sound, science-based management and conservation, recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) and other strategic priorities.

“NBEF is always looking for ways to work with others to amplify our efforts,” explained Marilyn Bentz, NBEF Executive Director. “Meetings like the AFWA Conference provide a great opportunity for individuals from many organizations to discuss ways to move conservation and hunting safety initiatives forward.”

NBEF endeavors to spread NBEF’s message about its safety and success-focused bowhunter ed classes, informational materials and to enthusiastically support the industry.

NBEF helps bowhunters learn to be safe, successful and stewards of the sport. NBEF offers bowhunting instructional items, books, videos, 3-D models, apparel and more at nbef.org.

About NBEF

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers instructional content and tools for bowhunter education classes in the US. Helping bowhunters learn to become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport is important to the NBEF. NBEF provides the bowhunter certification and class content that some states and certain circumstances require to bow hunt. NBEF provides instructor training and certification.

NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. States may have additional requirements. Europe and other countries offer full reciprocity for the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.

NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization. Tax-deductible donations to support this non-profit are welcome.

Learn more at nbef.org.



Kim Emery, Firefly Publicity, kim@fireflypublicity.com