Based on the success of Idaho BHA's first "Learn to Hunt" program in 2018, the chapter has announced it will expand the program in 2019. The program is part of BHA's broader "Hunting For Sustainability" effort. This particular program is aimed to recruit new hunters and to accelerate the learning curve before the hunters take to the field. This program is specifically designed for new or inexperienced hunters over age 18.
For 2019, Idaho BHA has expanded the capacity to 20 attendees, up from 12 in 2018. The program is comprised of 5 sessions, mixing classroom and field work. Participants who complete the entire program will be eligible to be paired with a mentor for a hunt in October or November. There is a $50 suggested donation, which covers course materials and includes a BHA annual membership.
This is designed to be a comprehensive program to serve as an introduction to big game hunting by giving new hunters an introduction to important skills to safely enjoy deer and elk hunting. Activities will include identifying informational resources, selecting the right hunting equipment, scouting for a hunting area, sighting in rifles, how to use your optics, game processing and butchering. We also hope that this clinic will help develop life-long connections and interests in conservation, wildlife and the protection of public lands. Instructors are knowledgeable sportsmen and women from around the state. Participants must have completed Hunter’s Education or be in the process of doing so.
Session 1: Friday, August 16, 6:00PM-9:00PM. Idaho Fish & Game Trophy Room, 600 S. Walnut St. Boise. This session will cover which resources new hunters can utilize to help prepare for a hunt, and an in-depth discussion of gear options for a big game hunt and hunting ethics issues.
Session 2: Saturday, August 17, 8:00AM-2:00PM. Boise River Wildlife Management Area. Participants will meet at the new Idaho Fish & Game archery range on Highland Valley Road, which is part of the Boise River WMA. The group will go on a hike and discuss topics such as habitat, tracking, bedding, wind, tactics and more. Wildlife and habitat biologists will be present to discuss forage and how seasonal changes affect deer and elk location and diet.
Session 3: Wednesday, August 21, 6:00PM-9:00PM. Black's Creek Gun Range (Education Building) 2420 Kuna Mora Rd, Kuna, ID 83634. This session will focus on gun education, including discussions on ballistics, types of guns, scopes, and accessories.
Session 4: Wednesday, August 28, 6:00PM-9:00PM. Black's Creek Gun Range, 2420 Kuna Mora Rd, Kuna, ID 83634. Participants should plan to meet at Black's Creek shooting Range. This session will be a hands on shooting range training day with instruction.
Session 5: Saturday, October 5, 8:00AM-4:00PM Idaho Fish & Game Trophy Room, 600 S. Walnut St. Boise. This session will be an hands-on training on field dressing, butchering and preparing meat for eating and frozen storage. We plan to have a roadkill or depredation hunt animal available for this training. Participants can invite up to 2 additional guests to attend this session.
To apply for one of the 20 spots, please email Sean Carriere at: [email protected]