If you are a first-time bowhunter, you must take the state approved Bowhunter Education course before participating in any big game hunt identified as an archery hunt. Courses will be conducted in June and July in Twin Falls, Burley, Gooding, Hazelton and Hailey. This will be the only opportunity to get the required training before archery seasons begin. Anyone who has not previously held a valid archery permit in Idaho or another state is required to satisfactorily complete the bowhunter education course before they can purchase an Idaho Archery Permit. This permit is required for all archery-only hunts. Archers will be required to provide proof of a previously held archery stamp from any state, or completion of any bowhunter education course. Bowhunter education courses average 12 hours. Materials covered include hunter ethics and behavior, shot selection and placement, safety, plus understanding and learning individual limitations and abilities when hunting with a bow. In order to enroll in a bowhunter education course, call the Magic Valley Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Jerome at 324-4359, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as soon as possible. Cost is $8.00 per person. Contact either Clayton Nielson or Mike Todd for information on a class near you.