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Teaching Sportsman Education

Sportsman education instructors volunteer their time to teach others about the safety, responsibility and ethics of hunting and trapping help to keep these valued traditions alive today. This page offers information for both prospective and current instructors.

Become an Instructor

Complete an Instructor Application (PDF) (115 kb) to join other volunteer sportsman educators. Your participation helps teach and continue the American heritage of responsible and safe hunting and trapping.

Qualifications

  • 18 years or older
  • At least three years of experience in one or more of the four fields: hunting, bowhunting, trapping and waterfowl ID
  • Good personality and communication skills

Requirements

  • Completion of instructor training and apprenticeship
  • Teach at least one course per year
  • Attend a refresher course every two years

Questions?

Call us toll-free at 1-888-HUNT-ED2

Current Instructors

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View, print or download the Instructor's Handbook (PDF) (3.4 MB).

  • Provides information on proper program procedures
  • Offers guidance on topics taught during courses (e.g., firearm handling and safety)
  • Has great tips on effectively communicating important information to students
  • Answers questions about the program and your participation

  • PDF Help
  • For help with PDFs on this page, please call 518-402-8966.
  • Contact for this Page
  • NYSDEC
    Sportsman Education Program
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233-4800

    1-888-HUNT-ED2
    (1-888-486-8332)
    518-402-8966
    Send us an email
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