Folks may not know it, but volunteer instructors are the lifeblood of the hunterbowhunter education program in Idaho. Since the inception of the program in the 1970’s, we have relied heavily on these generous volunteers to help prepare thousands of Idahoans for their first hunting experience.
Teaching a hunter education course is a very satisfying way to give something back to the resource. Whether you can spare one weekend a year or you are able to assist more often, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game could use your help. Class times range from 8-14 hours depending on class size and location. Instructors can teach alone or as a group. Team teaching can be a very effective approach to cover the required topics while capitalizing on individual expertise. IDFG encourages every hunter to consider becoming an instructor. Everyone has something they can share with those who are less experienced. By teaching others the safe and ethical way to hunt, Idahoans can ensure the sport will be around for generations to come.
Instructors need to be at least 18 years old, complete a background check and attend a hunter education instructor certification training course. Once certified, instructors only need to provide instruction at one hunter education course each year to keep their certification active. A variety of lesson plans and teaching aids are also available.
IDFG is particularly in need of instructors in the Moscow area. “Students in Moscow are waiting in line to take a class. Most students have to drive to Lewiston or further to find a class that will work with their schedule,” Clearwater Region hunter education coordinator Bill Seybold said.
IDFG will be hosting hunter/bowhunter education instructor workshops later this month. These workshops will be designed to accommodate both current and new instructors. New instructors are required to attend a training workshop as part of the application process to become certified. Current instructors are required to attend a workshop at least every 2 years to maintain their certification.
Grangeville workshops will be held for new instructors Monday, March 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and for current instructors at 7-8:30 p.m that evening at the senior center. Others will be held in Orofino, Moscow and Lewiston on other dates falling within March 18-25.
Contact Seybold at 799-5010 with questions about the workshops or hunter education programs.