In-person training courses for hunters and bow hunters for the Helena region are posted and open for registration. Classes in other areas of the state will be announced soon.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has reopened its in-person training courses for hunters and bow hunters statewide. While the online option is still available to anyone 12 years of age on January 16, 2022 or older, FWP strongly encourages participation in one of its in-person classes.
Hunter and Bow Hunter education courses are led by volunteer instructors who are passionate about the Montana hunting tradition, teaching gun safety, ethics, and other essential outdoor skills. Students will benefit from hands-on experiences in areas such as handling firearms, live shooting firearms and bows, blood trails, survival equipment and skills, and much more. , which is not possible with an online-only course.
Registration is free and available online.
Students are required to pick up materials and complete the course manual before the first class. Dates, locations and specific instructions for each course, as well as contact details for the main instructors, are available in the course descriptions online.
Students must be at least 10 years old to enroll in an in-person hunting training course in Montana. Students must attend all classroom sessions, the field course and pass a final exam. Hunters must be 12 by January 16, 2022 to hunt this fall, but those 10 and 11 can hunt as an apprentice. Learn about the online learning program.
Bowhunter students must be at least 11 years old on the first night of class to enroll in the Bowhunter training course.
Instructors are needed in communities in Montana. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer instructor, please contact Wayde Cooperider, FWP Hunter Education Program Manager, at 406-444-9947 or visit https://fwp.mt.gov/hunt/education for more information.