New Mexico Hunter and Bowhunter Instructor Information

The Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is in need of Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors statewide to teach student classes, assist with hunter education camps and other NMDGF 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. Certified by the NMDGF, instructors are authorized to teach public classes consistent with curriculum and policies established by the NMDGF.

One of the reasons that educational programs are so successful is due to the commitment and devotion of the volunteer instructors who support them. We recognize that each instructor provides invaluable skills and expertise. They enable the NMDGF to provide the community with a wonderful opportunity and quality service. You can be crucial to the success and continuation of the NMDGF’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education Programs and we thank you for considering joining our team.

This webpage is your resource where you will find scheduled instructor workshops, trainings, meeting information and pertinent program information. You will also find updates that may affect you, your teaching team and your classes.

Become an Instructor

Volunteer patch for New Mexico Game & Fish Hunter Education Instructor

Becoming a certified hunter and/or bowhunter instructor with the NMDGF is EASY! Just complete the following steps:

1. Submit the Instructor Application and Background Check.
2. View and complete the Pre-workshop training.
3. Sign up for next available Instructor Training Workshop.
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 NMDGF and are qualified to teach or assist with classes and additional department outreach events, statewide. Call a member of the Hunter Education staff (see below) if you have questions.

Call a member of the Hunter Education staff below if you have questions.

Thank you for your interest in giving back to hunter education!

Upcoming Instructor Workshops and Program Events

Updated 03-01-2017

2017 Dates Workshop/Event Location
January 28, 2017 – Full  

Instructor Training Workshop

Las Cruces
Game and Fish Office
April 9, 2017 – New  

Instructor Training Workshop

Santa Fe
Game and Fish Office
Current posting reflects confirmed dates of available workshops. Any posting that has a blue hyperlink to a workshop flier will also be available for registration using your Department CIN Account (Click Here to register). A posting that does not have a hyperlink is awaiting confirmation of facilities and/or locations and is not yet available for registration. Once confirmation is received, the posting will be updated and the workshop will be open for registration.

Important Instructor Updates

March Monthly Blurb

Instructors,

We are in the home stretch with a little over two weeks until the draw application deadline. We have over 30 classes scheduled between now and the deadline. Thank you for continuing to provide this service to your communities. For those of you who haven’t taught this year or last year, now will be your best opportunity to find a class and help. Remember, to maintain active status, instructors must teach or assist in at least one class every two years.

We have just a few housekeeping items to share with you. Don’t forget to sign the final report. We can’t log in your hours if we’re missing your signature and remember to round up hours. No half hours please. Please remember to mail in original rosters and final reports.

We are about to start offering Hunter Education camps for 2017. For those of you who haven’t heard of these, they are the department’s newest outreach experience. It is a three day “camping” experience where we offer an extended field day course with several additional break out groups. Camps are designed for youth and an accompanying adult to both participate and share the experience. We are always looking for assistance from you, our knowledgeable instructors. If you want to help just let a member of the Hunter Education Staff know. Here is a list of upcoming camps:

Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM: April 28- May 1
Camp Wehinahpay , Sacramento, NM: August 11-13
Gorham Camp, Chimayo, NM: September 29-October 1
We potentially will have two more scheduled this year.

Finally, as we begin the spring and summer with HE Camps, YHEC and other outreach events, we ask that if you are coming into the Albuquerque office to please contact us prior so that we can insure that someone will be around to assist you. There will always be someone in the office to answer questions, but if you need someone from the Hunter Education staff, please contact us prior to arriving. Also, to accommodate the area office with new security measures, we are no longer using the side door marked Hunter Education. All instructors are advised to enter through the front lobby where one of us will be paged. This will assist the office staff of knowing who is in the building.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns never hesitate to contact Anita, Jennifer or Megan.

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” Fred Bear

Instructor Requirement Updates
The department would like to inform all instructors of some upcoming changes and initiatives that will roll out at the first of the new year. Please click here for all the important details.

R3 – What is it?
R3 stands for Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation. Why it is important to put so much emphasis on recruitment, retention and reactivation? To summarize Education and Information Division Chief, Lance Cherry’s presentation, it is because we have a vested interest in increased participation in hunting and shooting sports. A majority of conservation and education funding in this country is provided through purchases of hunting licenses and excise tax on firearms, ammunition and shooting sports equipment. It is important to evolve to increase the effectiveness of outdoor education and mentored hunt opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to replace the hunters and anglers we are losing.

Learn more about the R3 movement and its importance by joining the R3 Community: click here. Through this link you can join this professional group comprised of agency professionals, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), volunteers and others. The R3 Community is a communication and collaboration depot for recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters, anglers and recreational shooters.

You can also learn more on how the R3 movement works and what brought it forward by reading the National Hunting and Shooting Action Plan.

New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor Association
For more information about the New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor Association, Inc. and how to become a member, please email dgf-he@state.nm.us.

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.

Public Speaking Without Fear and Anxiety

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.

Training Links

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)

Instructor Forms

To open each form, just click on the one you need then save it to your computer for future use.

Instructor Application and Background Consent Forms

All Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors with the New Mexico Department of Game are required to have a completed Instructor Application on file and must have passed a background check. These forms are available by clicking one of the links below. Please contact the hunter education office if you should have any questions or are unable to print the required forms.

Hunter Education Instructor Application Form

Consent for Background Check Form

Outdoor Expo

Check back frequently for department sponsored programs and outreach events.

Check the education calendar page for additional details.

Hunter Education Staff

Coordinator – Jennifer Morgan 505-222-4722 jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us
Assistant Coordinator – Megan Otero 505-222-4733 megan.otero@state.nm.us
Office Manager – Anita Padilla 505-222-4731 anita.padilla@state.nm.us
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