The most basic purpose of a hunter education course is to teach safe, responsible firearm handling in the field, in the vehicle, and in the home after hunting. Through lectures, hands-on activities, and videos, students learn about firearms and ammunition, firearm safety, shooting fundamentals, and firearm and wildlife laws.
While hunter education courses enable safer hunting, they also help hunters be more successful in their hunts and emphasize ethical hunting behavior. Subjects covered include hunter responsibility, wildlife identification and management, game care, outdoor survival, and more. Students also receive introductions to hunting with bows and black powder firearms.
Hunter education courses are recommended for anyone who spends time in the outdoors, whether or not they intend to hunt. Basic outdoor skills acquired in a hunter education course can be invaluable during any outdoor activities. For example, survival basics can help you prepare for and deal with emergencies. And wildlife management lessons provide insight into how and why wildlife agencies manage the resource, particularly by using hunting as a management tool.
To cover these topics adequately, courses consist of at least ten hours of instruction (as mandated by the law). A Hunter Education Card (or sometimes called a 'certificate') is awarded to students who have attended all classes and who pass the final exam and 'live fire' exercise.
Upcoming Sessions - (Click a date to enroll)
I teach the classroom portion for this course at multiple locations throughout the city. Please pay close attention that the class you're enrolling in is the location you are looking for. I'm always looking for new places to teach. If you have a classroom facility and would like me to host a class at your location feel free to shoot me an email.
Below is the Course Outline:
- Game Laws & Tagging
- Hunter Responsibility
- Survival, 1st Aid, & Orienteering
- Wildlife Conservation
- Firearms and Hunting Safety
- Specialty Hunting and Trapping
- Wildlife ID & Shot Placement
- Game Care
- Live Fire
For minor children, a Parent or Guardian is encouraged to stay with the student during the course.
The live fire consists of 10 rounds using a .22 caliber rifle. Rifles and ammunition are provided.
For all Hunter Education classes the range portion will be held at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Headquarters in Denver, CO. See "Course Location" page for further directions.
Students are simply required to demonstrate safe handling using a firearm. There is not a performance test requirement.
What to Bring
- All classroom materials are provided
- All range materials are provided
- Sack Lunch on Saturday sessions