WHITINGHAM Vt. — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont.

The training will take place Saturday, September 15, at 8:00 a.m. at the Deerfield Valley Fish & Game Club in Whitingham, Vermont.

Policies and procedures, field techniques and teaching methods will be covered to give instructors the tools to teach future hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

“The skills and ethics that our instructors impart to their students will serve them for a lifetime,” said Training Coordinator, John Pellegrini.  “There is no better way for a hunter to give back to the outdoors than by instructing the next generation of hunters.”

All applicants are required to pass a background check with a warden and apprentice-teach with a Chief Instructor before they can teach on their own.  Upon course completion, they will receive their full State of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification.  Applicants may choose to teach a real course at the Deerfield Valley Fish & Game Club the very next day.

“Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Pellegrini.  “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that enable the Hunter Education Program to function.  Early fall is a great time to take this training, as there will be plenty of courses to help with.”

Those planning to attend should sign up online or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need and include your contact information.  Requests should be made as early as possible.  Please send an email to John.Pellegrini@vermont.gov or call the office staff at 802-828-1193 (voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).