Advanced Hunter Education Courses

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To meet demand for more training in specific types of hunting, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will begin offering advanced hunter education classes in the future. The first subject to be offered will be deer hunting.

This course will be modeled on the National Rifle Association (NRA) deer hunting course. The NRA's textbook on deer hunting will be used. Instructors will be guided by the NRA course outline and by KDWP's own information and outlines. The course will consist of one day of classroom instruction, a range day, and the opportunity to go on a mentored deer hunt using depredation permits or game tags on private property.

KDWP is seeking sponsors for these courses. Sponsorship would entail locating classrooms and range facilities, providing mentors for the hunt, and working with KDWP personnel to locate landowners who have depredation permits.

The planning group for this project is comprised of KDWP-certified hunter education instructors in the Kansas City area. They will work closely with sponsors to provide instruction, lesson plan assistance, and logistical support. The department will handle scheduling and advertising and provide rifles and ammunition, as needed. There will be a nominal charge for the course. Money collected will be used to cover the cost of materials provided.

KDWP will offer at least one of these classes in each of the agency's five regions in the state. Anyone interested in sponsoring one of these classes should contact KDWP's Pratt Operations Office, (620) 672-5911. In the future, KDWP will plan additional advanced hunter education course for hunting upland birds, small game, and waterfowl and for muzzleloading and bowhunting. Anyone interested these subjects should also phone the above number.