New Mexico Hunter and Bowhunter Instructor Information
The Department of Game and Fish is always seeking individuals 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!
This webpage is a resource you can locate scheduled instructor workshops, training, and pertinent 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 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 the 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 the New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor certification and will then 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 are listed, please check page in future. Calendar is updated as scheduled).
Instructor-led Workshops and Trainings have been temporarily postponed, however, we are now offering limited virtual and online Instructor Workshop and Training opportunities. If you have questions on our virtual training platforms, please contact the Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4722.
|May 10-12||Instructor Training Workshop||Canceled|
|June 16-18||Instructor Training Workshop||Virtual via Zoom|
|July 28-30||Instructor Training Workshop||Virtual via Zoom|
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.
Depending on how much time has elapsed since your last hunter education activity will determine whether the refresher course and/or the reactivation course is best for you.
This online training also serves as a refresher training for active instructors and counts toward continuing education hours.
Hunter Education Camp Master Training
The Hunter Education Camp Master Program is for certified hunter and bowhunter education instructors who are searching for fun and innovative ways to teach hunter education. If you are a current instructor who has the time and desire to teach in a camp-style setting, we encourage you to go through the following online training module:
If you have any questions, please contact the Hunter Education Coordinator, Jennifer Morgan, at 505-263-8581 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Instructor Updates
Student Class Activity Packet
To help you make your traditional hunter education classes engaging for your students, please find a Class Activity Packet below. Studies have found that the more hands-on you can make your class, the more your students will retain the information. This packet contains several hands-on activities you to use in class. If you use one of these new activities in a class, send the Hunter Education Staff a picture for the Class Engagement Challenge. We will conduct drawings each month for instructors who submit a picture entry of a new hands-on activity being implemented during a traditional class.
This presentation explains the retesting options that are now available for instructor-led in-person classes. These re-test options are not available for the virtual classes.
Live Fire Training
It is the recommendation of the Hunter Education and Shooting Sports Programs 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 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. Click on the pdf below to access the training!
Spanish Hunter Education Manuals
The Hunter Education Manual is available in Spanish. Contact the Hunter Education staff if you need a copy.
Training Tips and Continuing Education
Weblinks 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 of these videos, please contact the Hunter Education Staff and let them know the date(s) you reviewed the material, which training modules you viewed and how much time it took you to complete the training(s). 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 great delivery.
This training counts toward your recommended continuing education hours. Upon completion of this seminar, please contact a member of the Hunter Education 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 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, how much time it took and which segments you viewed to receive credit.
Hunters Connect – offered by the International Hunter Education Association -USA (IHEA-USA) is here to help anyone further their continuation in hunting and to become a more confident hunter education instructor. Regardless of experience, content is provided to help anyone become more confident.
Understanding Your Optics: RANGEFINDERS – This video explains what you need to know about rangefinders and how to find the best one for you. It also explains what line of sight means when it comes to true ballistic range.
Get Ready for Turkey Season: Tukey Hunting Tips – 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)
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 to 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)
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 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.
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)
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 gun fitters 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)
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)
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Hunter Education Forms
Record Applicants, Again!
I hope you were successful in drawing at least a tag for this license year. If you did, consider yourself lucky! The Department experienced another record year with a total of 283,113 applicants that applied for one of the 61,000 available permits. If you didn’t pull a tag, the odds were not in your favor depending on what hunt code you applied for. I want to encourage folks that didn’t draw to not forget about the OTC opportunities for small game, fall turkey, and draw opportunities for crane later this year. I know it may not be the same to hunt these species as opposed to being in the elk woods, but if you’ve never ventured out on one of these other hunting opportunities, you may be pleasantly surprised!
IHEA-USA Annual Conference
Join the IHEA-USA and hunting and shooting educators nationwide for the first completely ONLINE Annual Conference for two half-days on May 19th and May 20th, 2021! We don’t want anyone to miss it, so the IHEA-USA has opened up the opportunity for all Hunter Education instructors to attend at no charge.
IHEA-USA turns 50 and they want to celebrate with you!
Here are some key highlights that will be discussed:
- Join to learn something new, communicate with peers, meet the IHEA-USA Team, hear from guest speakers, and catch a glimpse of what the future will hold for Hunter and Shooter education.
- ALL volunteer instructors are invited. There will be special meetings and education sessions planned for instructors. Check the registration link for instructor registration pricing.
- Updates from educational partner organizations.
- Volunteer Instructor-Only room with IHEA-USA Executive Team – we want to hear from you!
- COVID-19 impacts on Hunter Education in America.
Visit the following IHEA-USA website to register and for more details about the conference, and enter the code hunter to sign up for free, https://www.ihea-usa.org/ihea-usa-annual-conference/.
Upcoming Instructor Coffee Talk with Special Guest
We are excited to bring to you a new Instructor Coffee Talk with a special guest. Many of you watched the Wilderness First Aid webinar that was posted last month and asked for more information about Base Medical. Base Medical is a company that specializes in teaching outdoor safety education. Teal Harbin is the founder of Base Medical, with experience in mountain medicine and rescue and she is a wilderness paramedic. She will join us and will be providing some wilderness survival tips and information about Base Medical. The Instructor Coffee Talk will be on June 21st from 6-7 pm. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xiXKZztgQjSHL7IunN9D9w
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
FREE Hunter Clinic – Antelope
Join the AZ Antelope Foundation for a comprehensive online hunter’s clinic over Zoom, for FREE! The clinic will be held on June 12 from noon to 4 pm (Arizona time).
How to field judge antelope, archery and rifle hunting tactics, how to use optics (A MUST!), spot and stalk tactics, proper field care, and more will be covered. Click on the link provided for complete clinic details and to register, https://azantelope.org/event-4146435. In the registration process, it may ask if you drew an AZ antelope tag. You can put N/A in these fields if this applies to you.
Upcoming Instructor Training Workshops
Here are the new dates for the upcoming Instructor Training Workshops:
- June 16-18
- July 28-30
Be sure to spread the word! For more information on workshops and how to register please go to http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/hunter-education-instructor/.
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