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Hunter Education instructor workshops begin in Teton County, come to Casper in August

An instructor leads an outdoor education class. (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

By Breanna Ball, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hosting workshops for those interested in becoming certified Wyoming hunter education instructors. A workshop will be at the Teton County 4-H Extension Office, 255 West Deloney Ave., from April 18–20. 

Hunter education instructors make up one of the largest volunteer forces in the nation, Game and Fish said in a news release. All states rely on the passion and dedication of volunteer instructors to certify the next generation of hunters. Game and Fish are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about promoting ethical, responsible, and legal hunting practices.

Anyone interested should read through the Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor information. It walks through the qualifications and responsibilities required of a hunter education instructor. The resource answer the most frequently asked questions from potential instructors.

To become a certified instructor, people must attend a training workshop. These workshops last three days and will teach everything needed to know to become an instructor. Workshops also integrate a traditional hunter education class, so attendees can watch experienced instructors at work and learn from their teaching techniques.

There are two remaining 2024 training workshops. Those workshops will be:

  • April 18–20 in Jackson, at the Teton County 4-H Extension Office
  • August 8–10 in Casper, at the Casper Game and Fish Office

These are the only remaining opportunities to become a certified instructor in 2024. Workshops will move to different communities around the state each year.

“While we encourage you to attend the workshop closest to where you live, you may travel to another location if the timing works better for you. Reimbursement can be provided for either lodging or mileage if you travel for a workshop. Most meals will be provided during the workshop. A tentative workshop schedule is available to help you understand the time commitment involved in attending,” the release said.

To register for a workshop, fill out the Workshop Registration Form. Those interested in participating in hunter education but do not have the time or capacity to become a full instructor, are asked to read about the assistant instructor position responsibilities here.

For questions about these training opportunities, contact Katie Simpson, Game and Fish Hunter Education Coordinator, at katie.simpson@wyo.gov or 307-777-4542.