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
Becoming a certified hunter and/or bowhunter instructor with the NMDGF is EASY! Just complete the following steps:
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.
Thank you for your interest in giving back to hunter education!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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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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.