Vermont Hunter Education Instructor Training Workshops

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There is no more powerful way to give back to what you love than with a gift of your time. If you love to hunt in Vermont, there are few better ways of giving your time than becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor.

Two new instructor training workshops have been set, and both will be held at the Buck Lake Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Woodbury:
Bowhunter Education Instructor Workshop
Saturday, July 16, 2011,
8:30am – 4:00pm

Basic Firearm (Hunter) Education Instructor Workshop
Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13th, 2011
7:00 pm Friday through 4:30 pm Saturday. Lodging and meal provided.

The application process includes providing personal references and a criminal history background check. You can take the instructor course if the background check has not been completed, but you will not be certified until passing it.

More than 5,000 future hunters are educated by the certified, volunteer instructors yearly. Classes can be arranged to fit the instructor’s schedule, and all materials required are supplied free of charge by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor takes commitment. But as an instructor you are helping to pass on a hunting heritage that adds to Vermont's quality of life. Through the efforts of our volunteers, hunting is safe and getting safer.

For further information please contact John Pellegrini at (802) 241-3707 or


groovy mike's picture

I wonder about the background checks....?

It always makes me wonder when I read about these background checks for hunter education instructors. What are they looking for? What sort of record would keep you from being a hunter education instructor? Are they looking for pedophiles, or poachers, or both? If you are a drunk driver would that prohibit you from hunting? How about if you are a felon who can’t legally own guns? What about cahrges that have been dismissed. I know in New York state you are required to report even tickets that were thrown out before going to trial on some background checks. None of these in isolation would mean that you couldn’t teach a hunter safety class. But there must be a reason for doing a back ground check – so what is it? Does anyone here have any experience with the selection process for hunter education teachers? Anybody have inside information on what the background checks are meant to uncover or are they just a revenue stream that adds cost to the application process for the state to suck money from good hearted people who wish to volunteer their time with results that are then meaningless and ignored?