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Delaware Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor Program





All volunteer instructors are trained by qualified, trained and knowledgeable instructors which include the hunter education coordinator and other volunteer instructors who have been trained through the Interational Hunter Education Association (IHEA) instructor training program or on-the-job training.


This initial training includes hunter/shooting safety, teaching techniques and training in the course material. The training focuses on basic hunter education.


Following the initial training volunteer Instructors will be required to undergo annual re-certification. This recertification will ensure that instructors are kept up to date with new products, policies, program information and current events. It is also hoped that re-certifications will build instructor communication, confidence, expertise and credentials, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.


Finally, recertification will help keep instructors in compliance with program requirements and regulations. In addition to re-certification, Instructors will be offered courses/workshops to expand their expertise so that they can assist with other more specialized courses. For example Volunteer Instructors may be offered an opportunity to attend the National Rifle Association turkey instruction course and/or the International Bowhunter Education Foundation (IBEF) bowhunter course.  


Volunteer instructors teach approximately 30-35 courses with approximately 1,000 participants throughout the state and are the backbone of the hunter education program. Volunteer instructors are responsible for scheduling a course date, time and location and ultimately teaching a hunter education course.


Volunteer instructors also deliver a standardized course that was developed by hunter education staff that is accurate, informative and educational. Materials including “Today’s Hunter.” “Hunter Education Tools,” and training firearms are used in the classroom to illustrate hunter safety and safe gun handling.


Volunteer Instructors are also responsible for completing the required paperwork (grading tests, filling out volunteer timesheets etc.) and submitting the paperwork to the hunter education program coordinator.


Volunteer Instructors are carefully selected and must undergo a background check, have experience hunting and be willing to work as part of a team prior to becoming a volunteer instructor.  

                        Become a volunteer hunting instructor! Get your volunteer hunter instructor application and get started.


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