From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
-- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is looking for energetic people to join the crew of 500 volunteer instructors who have been helping teach Hunter Education in New Hampshire since the 1940s.
Far from being just a safety course, Hunter Education emphasizes core hunting ethics and safe practices, responsible gun handling and knowledge of firearms and ammunition.
Participants take part in a supervised live-fire exercise, putting these core competencies into practice. Students also learn about wildlife identification, conservation and the role of the hunter in wildlife management. In addition, Conservation Officers from the Fish and Game Department provide expert advice on N.H. hunting rules and regulations as part of the class. The course culminates in a written examination and practical Field Day test in which participants demonstrate their new knowledge and skills.
The Bowhunter Education course also covers the core concepts of ethics, wildlife conservation, identification and management, and emphasizes bowhunting safety, archery equipment, tree-stand safety and proper shot placement. Becoming a volunteer Hunter or Bowhunter Education instructor takes an investment of your time and energy, but your efforts are well supported by the Hunter Education Office.
Prerequisites for becoming a certified instructor are to a) complete an instructor application (hunter or bowhunter) and criminal records release form, and submit to the Hunter Education Office (forms can be downloaded from http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm); b) complete the basic course as a student (hunter or bowhunter education); c) be 18 years of age or older; and d) be free of misdemeanor or felony convictions, or Fish and Game violations, within the past 7 years.
Once the application process is completed, attend one of the following training workshops coming up this spring. Each one-day session is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Feb. 20 - Hunter Ed at Pelham Fish & Game Club, Pelham; April 24- Bowhunter Ed at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord; May 8 - Hunter Ed at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness; May 22 - Bowhunter Ed at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness; and June 5 - Hunter Ed: Fish and Game Region 1 Office, Lancaster.
“Training for new instructors is intensive and hands-on, and will prepare you for instructing the Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses in a way that will make learning fun, easy and rewarding for your students,” said Pete Davison, Hunter Education Coordinator for N.H. Fish and Game. “As an instructor, you will be eligible for discounts at various retailers, awards and prizes at our annual recognition banquet, and professional development opportunities like CPR training and First Aid certification. The Hunter Education program depends on our volunteer instructors, and we hope to add you to the ranks.”
Hunter Education in New Hampshire is funded in by federal Wildlife Restoration Funds, a user-pay, user-benefit program.