About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Oklahoma Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

An arrow is as deadly as a bullet, so the basic safety rules that govern firearm shooting also apply to archery. Although shooting accidents are rare among bowhunters, they do happen. Archers must obey a few common safety rules, whether on the range or in the field.

Hunter with a bow
  • Release an arrow only when the path to the target and beyond is clear.
  • Make sure there’s something to stop the arrow if you miss—never shoot over the horizon.
  • Avoid shooting an arrow in the general direction of another person. Arrows are easily deflected. A small twig, unseen by you, can cause an arrow to veer dangerously off course.
  • Don’t shoot straight up. A falling arrow carries enough force to penetrate the human skull.
  • Carry arrows in the nocked position only when slowly approaching game—never nock an arrow or draw a bow if someone is in front of you.
  • Use a haul line to raise a bow and quiver into a tree stand to avoid serious injury.