So that all hunters posses at least the basic knowledge regarding laws and safety. Absolutely. I would even consider that the Bow Hunter class be a requirment as well. I was grandfathered but still went to both classes. I think it is a very valuable tool.
I agree with Chip. Hunters need at least a basic understanding of hunting and safety. I don't think I would be comfortable in the field with a young , inexperienced hunter if he/she had not taken the class. Wish there were more bowhunter ed classes. The only one that I could find for my son was a 2 hour drive.