New Mexico Hunter and Bowhunter Instructor Information
The Department of Game and Fish is always seeking individuals statewide to become certified Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors to teach student classes, assist with hunter education camps and other department outreach events.
The goal of hunter and bowhunter education is to reduce hunting related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values. Hunter and bowhunter instructors are volunteers who devote personal time and effort to ensuring the passing on of our hunting heritage to the next generation of safe, ethical hunters.
One of the reasons that the department’s educational programs are so successful is due to the commitment and devotion of the volunteers who support them. We recognize that each instructor provides invaluable skills and expertise. They enable the department to provide the community with a wonderful opportunity and quality service. You can be crucial to the success and continuation of the Hunter and Bowhunter Education Programs and we appreciate you for considering joining our team!
Become an Instructor
Becoming a certified hunter and/or bowhunter instructor with the department is EASY! Just complete the following steps:
1. Submit the Volunteer Application and Background Check.
2. View and complete the Pre-workshop training.
3. Sign up for next available Instructor Training Workshop (see schedule below).
4. Complete a New Mexico Hunter Education Student Course if you have not already done so.
Once you’ve completed all the above steps, you will receive certification from the department and will be qualified to teach or assist with classes and additional department outreach events. Call a member of the Hunter Education staff (see below) if you have questions. Thank you for your interest in giving back!
Upcoming Instructor Workshops and Program Events
(Note: If no workshops listed, please check page in future. Calendar is updated as scheduled).
|TBA||Instructor Training Workshop||Alamogordo
|December 1, 2018 – Updated||Carlsbad
Carlsbad Shooting Range
|January 12, 2019 – New||Albuquerque
Game and Fish Office
Important Instructor Updates
Instructor Refresher & Reactivation Training
For instructors whose certification has lapsed and wish to teach again, this online module will provide you the necessary training to reactive your status to allow you to begin teaching and assisting with hunter education courses offered by the Department’s Hunter Education Program.
Depending on how much time has lapsed since your last hunter education activity will determine whether the refresher course and/or the reactivation course is best for you.
This course also acts as refresher training for active instructors and counts toward continuing education hours.
Live Fire Training
It is the recommendation of the Hunter Education and Shooting Sports Program’s that the following criteria be established for a safe and viable live fire volunteer program and to enable volunteers, such as yourself, to become more involved with the live fire events, classes and outreach initiatives offered by the department.
This brief online training module will provide you the necessary information and updates required to allow you to teach and/or assist with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish live fire activities sponsored by either the Hunter Education or Shooting Sports Programs. Click on the pdf below to access the training!
Spanish Hunter Education Manuals
The Hunter Education Manual is now available in Spanish. Contact the Hunter Education office if you should need a copy.
Training Tips and Continuing Education
Web links to articles and videos that may assist instructors in keeping up with new trends and techniques in hunting and shooting will be posted here frequently. If you take time to review any these videos, please contact the hunter education office and let them know the date(s) you reviewed the material and which training modules you viewed; this time counts toward your instructor Continuing Education credits to achieve Senior/Master Instructor benchmarks and to be eligible for additional instructor incentives.
Public Speaking without Fear and Anxiety – by Dave Oakes. This two hour online training follows a workbook (see pdf download below) and will show you how to overcome the greatest obstacle in any communication situation: nervousness. In addition, the training will help you with planning your course presentations, controlling the teaching environment and the psychology of a great delivery.
This training is also available for check-out in DVD format from each area Game and Fish Office. This training counts toward your required continuing education hours each instructor must fulfill to maintain their active status with the Program. Upon completion of this seminar, please contact a member of the Program staff to receive credit.
Instructors must view at least 30 minutes of the below online training segments to receive Continuing Education credits to achieve Senior/Master Instructor benchmarks and to be eligible for additional instructor incentives. If you take time to review any of these online segments, please contact a member of the hunter education staff and let them know the date you reviewed the material and which segments you viewed to receive credit.
Rifle Maintenance – Cleaning the Bolt – In this shooting tip Jeremy Winters address how to clean the bolt on a bolt action rifle. (Gunwerks Video- 4:44)
FREE Online Trapper Education – The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has developed a free online trapper education course that state agencies and other organizations can use to train and certify trappers. The online course covers all of the AFWA-approved national standards and learning objectives for trapping in North America. The site also features Best Management Practices for trapping 20 species of furbearers.
Shooting Positions in the Field – NSSF Shooting Sportscast For those times when the prone position is not an option, former Army Ranger sniper team leader Ryan Cleckner discusses alternate shooting positions to make sure you are as stable as possible. (NSSF Video – 7:14)
Shooting at Angles: Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast When shooting at angles gravity affects your bullet differently. Learn from NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner how to apply an angle to correctly compensate for bullet drop when shooting either uphill or down. (NSSF video)
Treestand Safety Video. This video addresses the universal safety requirements instituted by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association and the National Bowhunters Education Foundation, as well as updated information about self-rescue, tower stands, and safety tethers. (Approx. 27 minutes)
How to Shoot Trap – NSSF Shooting Sportscast. OSP Shooting School’s Gil Ash explains how he approaches each station on a trap field. By knowing the proper hold points and focal points for each station you can greatly improve trap shooting. This tutorial also offers tips that can make you more successful at any shotgun sport or while afield. (NSSF Video – 13:51)
Big Game: What Happens Between Shot and Down -Big game that drops instantly to a shot is cause for concern, as Wayne van Zwoll explains in this eye-opening article. (Gun Digest Article)
Understanding Gun Fit – NSSF Sportscast Gil Ash of OSP Shooting Schools explains what the three key measurements gunfitters consider when properly fitting a shotgun. Does your shogun fit? Find out how you can tell. (NSSF Video – 4:55)
Dove Hunting Tips – NSSF Sportscast Join NSSF’s Doug Painter on the Dove field for a few pointers that will help ensure your success this season. (NSSF Video – 3:24)
Get Ready for Turkey Season: Tips on Gear and Tactics – NSSF Sportscast Veteran Turkey Hunter and author of “Secrets of the Turkey Pros,” Glenn Sapir of the National Shooting Sports Foundation shares his go to gear for a turkey hunt. (NSSF Video-5:32)
Fall Calling Strategies: Calling All Turkeys – Shane Simpson shares some calling tips to help ensure success in the field during your fall turkey hunts. Did you know you can target gobblers, hens and young turkeys simply by changing your calls? Watch, listen and learn. (NSSF Video – 6:48)
Pattern Your Turkey Shotgun: Hunting Tip – While turkeys are typically shot when standing still, keep in mind that the bird’s head/neck area represents a small target, especially out at forty yards. The key in patterning your turkey shotgun is to be sure you have an adequate pattern density at typical turkey hunting ranges. Watch this video on patterning your turkey gun and then head out to the range to be sure your choke/load combination is on target. (NSSF Video – 5:04)
Dog Training Tips: Using the Correct Correction – Wingshooting USA Host Scott Linden shares a tip about dog training. Watch and learn when the right correction is no correction at all. (NSSF Video – 2:09)
Dog Training Tips: Change it up to Avoid Training Scars – Wingshooting USA TV host Scott Linden shares some sage advice for dog trainers. Change it up and keep it fresh to keep your dog sharp. (NSSF Video – 1:49)
Intro. to Range Safety and Etiquette – For many that first trip to the shooting range can be intimidating. This short video is a great introduction to firearms safety rules and etiquette at the indoor range and for experienced shooters a great reminder. Remember, firearms safety depends on you. (NSSF Video – 8:48)
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Hunter Education Forms
I hope your hunting season so far has been memorable! We are coming to the close of 2018; we would like to review several notable items from this past year. Please take the time to read the following information as there are some important program updates you need to know before the busy spring!
Vermejo Youth Antelope Hunt
Five youth hunters harvested pronghorn on private property near Cimarron the weekend of September 22. This hunt rewarded four hunter education graduates who scored a 100% on both their firearms proficiency and written examinations in their hunter education course this past year. One hunter also earned this opportunity for placing as the over-all high point Sub Junior winner at the 2018 Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Event in June. Thank you to the following I&E staff for taking time out of your busy schedules to help escort these new, young hunters: Jeremy Lane, Ross Morgan, Cody Johnston and John Martsh.
We are officially in our new office. The new address is 7816 Alamo Rd. NW Albuquerque NM 87120. We are located along the Bosque off of Coors and Paseo del Norte. Please send all correspondence (i.e. final reports, rosters, and critiques) to the new address. Please also ensure that any incentive cards you hand out have the new address. When you request supplies for your classes we will send updated cards to you.
Recently an email was sent out regarding the implementation of re-testing options for our instructor-led courses. If you did not receive the email please visit our instructor page off the main Game and Fish website, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/hunter-education-instructor/.
Vermejo Instructor and Youth Cow Elk Hunt
Four youth hunters harvested a cow elk on private property near Raton the weekend of October 18. This hunt rewarded four hunter education graduates who scored a 100% on both their firearms proficiency and written examinations in their hunter education course this past year. This hunt was also rewarded to one instructor who is active and in good standing with the program. This year’s lucky instructor was Priscilla Wayne from Ramah, NM. We did have a 5th shot, but was not recovered. The young hunter showed great perseverance. He looked from sunrise to sunset on Sunday in attempt to recover his cow. I was told that they lost the blood trail several times only find it again after the hunter was searching on hands and knees for blood. At times they only found small specks of blood, other times were pools of blood. As of sunset on Sunday, they suspected that the elk could still have been alive. Thank you to the two volunteer instructors: Katie DeLorenzo and Mark Madsen for escorting these hunters. Also thank you to the department staff who also took time to help these hunters: Cody Johnston, Officer Lonie Morales and Officer Matt Peterson.
Refresher and Re-activation Training
This fall a refresher and re-activation training was rolled out. For instructors whose certification has lapsed and wish to teach again, this online module will provide you the necessary training to reactive your status to allow you to begin teaching and assisting with hunter education courses offered by the Department’s Hunter Education Program. Depending on how much time has lapsed since your last hunter education activity will determine whether the refresher course and/or the reactivation course is best for you. This course also acts as refresher training for active instructors and counts toward continuing education hours. This training can be found on the instructor page, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/hunter-education-instructor/ .
This summer in collaboration with the Shooting Sports Program, a new and updated criterion was established for a safe and viable live fire volunteer program and to enable volunteers, such as you, to become more involved with the live fire events, classes and outreach initiatives offered by the department. This brief online training module will provide you the necessary information and updates required to allow you to teach and/or assist with department live fire activities sponsored by either the Hunter Education or Shooting Sports Programs. This training can be found on the instructor page- http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/hunter-education-instructor/.
Here are some dates for upcoming department events:
- NASP Tournament- February 9, 2019 @ Albuquerque Convention Center
- Outdoor Adventure Show- February 15-17, 2019 @ State Fair Grounds
- Hunter Ed Camp- March 15-17, 2019 @ Washington Ranch, Carlsbad NM
- Basic NRA Shotgun Instructor Course and Coach Course- March 22-24, 2019
- State YHEC- May 31- June 2, 2019- Raton NM
In closing, if you haven’t noticed, the theme of the blurb is that there is a lot of good information on our instructor page.
We here at Hunter Education would also like to wish you a Happy Holidays and a Good New Year!! See you in 2019!!
Check back frequently for department sponsored programs and outreach events.