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    fellow bow hunters... I have a buddy in the lower 48 who is an avid bowhunter. He wants to bow hunt with me up here and he wants to get the Ak bow certification. the state he lives in doesn't require the IBEP cert to bow hunt.

    He can do the on-line course portion through fish and game... the problem is the shooting proficiency exam... without the IBEP requirement in his state there are very few (if any) classes offered.

    Anyone have any thoughts how he can get the proficiency signed off out of state?? I have a call into ADF&G with the same question..

    thanks folks.

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    Have him do just the shoot portion here. A day of 3D targets would be a nice warm up. Or drive to a state that offers the shooting portion.
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    The State of AK honors pretty much any IBEP or equivalent course. Have your buddy find a course in his state of neighboring state, call F&G and get it in writing that that course meets the requirements - and he'll be good to go.

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    Although it is not required in some states and may not be offered by the respective F&G's - a number of private clubs offer it because of the requirment elsewhere. I have been pretty sucessful in tracking down these clubs ... shoot me a city/state and I will see what I can come up with for your friend.

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    My state doesn't require it, but there were several hunting clubs that offer it throughout the year. Here is a website that has a contact listing for all the states that should be able to get the proper info.

    http://www.nbef.org/pdfs/ibepcontacts.pdf

    Good luck and have fun.

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    Is there anything special that you have to do if you have an IBEP card from another state? I have Colorado card that I received from attending the course several years ago. Just want to make sure that it makes me legit in terms of requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stratofisher View Post
    Is there anything special that you have to do if you have an IBEP card from another state? I have Colorado card that I received from attending the course several years ago. Just want to make sure that it makes me legit in terms of requirements.
    No your card is good here. As long as the course is an Archery only course with a proficiency test you are good. Many states offer archery as a small section included within their hunter education programs. That does not cut it. It has to be an archery only course. My card was accepted from New York and has never been questioned. I will take the Alaska course only because I want the Alaska Bow Cert. card. It is pretty! Even though I am an instructor for Alaska, I still want it.

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    The Colorado course was a full on course. It actually included tracking a tracking skills test as well. As long as I am legal that is all that matters.

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    Anyone have any info for the course and shooting test in Indiana?

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    "My card was accepted from New York and has never been questioned."

    Are you from NY?

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    They are talking about IBEP right now at the BoG right now.... if you are interested.

    http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/
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    Came across this web site might help you.
    http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/

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    Hey Daveinthebush, Did it snow in Watertown?

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    Yes it did. The lake affect snows were really bad at times. The worst were the ice storms. In 96, I think, I was out of power for 26 days. I lived in Theresa and drove to Watertown to shower and do laundry before school every day at 5 a.m.

    And now I am in Valdez.... where it snows a little bit too.

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