Become a Hunter-Bowhunter or Trapper Education Instructor
The Hunter Education Program would like to encourage those outdoor enthusiasts and educational professionals who wish to “give back” to the sport by volunteering to become a certified Hunter - Bowhunter or Trapper Education Instructor. If you answer YES to the following questions, we’d like you to consider becoming a volunteer instructor for the NH Fish and Game Department:
- Are you comfortable working and teaching in a team environment?
- Do you have basic computer skills and an active email address?
- Are you willing to learn a basic skills curriculum, and how to teach it?
- Can you volunteer 10 – 20 hours a year to teach and participate in training workshops?
Being a volunteer Hunter - Bowhunter or Trapper Education instructor takes effort and commitment, but it can bring with it many personal rewards. Instructors enjoy professional discounts at many sporting goods stores and retailers, and are recognized and rewarded for their efforts at an annual recognition banquet.
Please read the following information about the instructor certification process carefully. If you have any questions regarding the Hunter - Bowhunter Education Program please call Josh Mackay (603) 271-3214 or questions regarding the Trapper Education Program please call Tom Flynn at (603) 536-1290.
Step 1: Prerequisites. Candidates for the position of volunteer Hunter - Bowhunter or Trapper Education instructor must satisfy the following prerequisites first:
- Be at least 18 years old or older:
- Have successfully completed a Hunter - Bowhunter or Trapper Education certification course as a student*;
- Have no misdemeanor convictions or Fish and Game violations within 7 years, or any felony conviction.
*Hunter Education candidates must have taken a previous Hunter Education course; Bowhunter Education candidates must have taken a previous Bowhunter Education course and Trapper Education Candidates must have taken a previous Trapper Education course. Documentation is required.
Step 2: Application. If the prerequisites are met, candidates may complete a Hunter - Bowhunter or Trapper Instructor application and send it to the Hunter Education Office.
Click here to download, print-and-mail Hunter/Bowhunter/Trapper Education Instructor application, or you can pick one up at 11 Hazen Drive, Building #2 (Hunter and Aquatic Education Bldg.), Concord, NH.
Once your application has been received:
- It will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy;
- A background check will be performed by the Law Enforcement Division of Fish and Game*;
- You will receive a confirmation letter, registration form and other details (see links below).
- Trapper Education candidates will be contacted regarding training opportunities.
*Background checks normally take 1 – 2 weeks. Applicants must pass a background check before attending training.
Step 3: The Training Class. Your participation at the training class will involve:
- Understanding how students learn;
- Learning practical teaching strategies and methodology;
- Presenting a 5 minute lesson on a topic related to Hunter and Bowhunter Education;
- Learning Hunter Education instructor program policies and procedures;
- Hands-on lessons on how to teach the subject matter curriculum (see below);
- Successful completion of the instructor exam (85% score to pass).
Training classes for new Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors are listed below, these trainings are limited to 20 participant maximum:
About the Hunter and Bowhunter Education Curriculum
Hunter Education emphasizes safe gun handling, hunter responsibilities, ethics, and knowledge of firearms and ammunition. Students participate in a live fire exercise; learn about wildlife identification, conservation and wildlife management. In addition, Conservation Officers 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 exam in which students demonstrate their new knowledge and skills to earn certification. Bowhunter Education also covers the core concepts of ethics, wildlife conservation, identification and management, rules and regulations, but emphasizes bowhunting safety, archery equipment, tree-stand safety and proper shot placement. Students must also pass a written test to earn certification. There is no shooting requirement for Bowhunter Education certification.