Idaho BHA has launched a new program aimed to recruit new hunters and to accelerate the learning curve before the hunters take to the field. The program , called "Learn To Hunt: Field to Fork" is specifically for new or inexperienced hunters over age 18. The 12 slots for the inaugural program filled in just a few days with a diverse group of men and women from southwest Idaho. 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 $65 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 17, 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 18, 8:00AM-11:00AM. Boise River Wildlife Management Area. Participants will meet at the IDFG headquarters (600 S. Walnut, Boise) and carpool to 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 22, 6:00PM-9:00PM. Idaho Fish & Game Trophy Room, 600 S. Walnut St. Boise. This session will focus on gun education, including discussions on ballistics, types of guns, scopes, and accessories.
Session 4: Wednesday, August 29, 6:00PM-9:00PM. Black's Creek 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, September 29, 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.
If you would like to see Idaho BHA hold a similar program in your area, please email [email protected]