Hunter Education Instructors


As a North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Hunter Education Instructor, you are an important and valued member of the hunter education team. The knowledge, skills and attitudes your students learn during their formal hunter education training and their experiences afield are extremely important to the future generation of hunters. Your students are the caretakers of our rich natural resources. As a hunter education instructor, you are in a unique position to have a positive impact on each of your students.

The commitment that you have made to the hunter education program is a reflection of the appreciation and concern that you have for our wildlife resources. We hope that you will find your experience as a hunter education instructor to be a rewarding one. The Hunter Education team is dedicated to supporting your efforts as an instructor and working together toward achieving our common goals.


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Hunter Education Goals


Our Hunter Education Program is designated to promote the safe handling of firearms and archery equipment, teach responsible, ethical conduct by hunters, educate sportsmen in the various methods and the proper use of equipment in harvesting game and endorse the importance of wildlife management laws and regulations. As a result of our program, the sportsmen of tomorrow will better understand their obligation to the resources, the landowner, other hunters and themselves.




  • To reduce the number of hunting and hunting related accidents and fatalities.
  • To improve the image of the hunter and promote public acceptance of hunting and shooting sports as viable recreational activities and as an essential tool for wildlife management.
  • To provide the hunter and other outdoorsmen an awareness of their legal and ethical responsibilities when enjoying and/or harvesting wildlife.
  • To provide the hunter and outdoorsman with a better understanding of the principles of wildlife management practices and the need for wildlife laws and regulations.
  • To promote and aid in shooting sports for the public.


Expected Benefits and Results


A comprehensive hunter education program designated and implemented through planning, adequate funding, administration, and evaluation will successfully address:

  • Maintain hunter education courses and provide the public with the needed certificate of competency to lawfully obtain a hunting license.
  • Reducing of hunting and hunting related accidents. Through increased education and possible development of shooting ranges and/or educational facilities, we can expect students and hunters to become more skilled and proficient in the use of hunting equipment.
  • Enhance through education, public awareness and understanding of the important role hunting plays in the conservation of wildlife resources.
  • Create an awareness among students of their responsibilities while hunting.
    1. Instill in the student and understanding of their legal and ethical responsibilities while hunting and engaging in outdoor activities.
    2. Promote the image of a responsible hunter training, with respect to the resources, private and public property, and the rights of other.
  • Increase the hunter’s skills and proficiency with the use of firearms, archery, tree stands, orienteering skills, first aid survival and other hunting related equipment and activities. With this knowledge and these skills, a reduction of accidents should occur.
  • Educate and/or expose areas such as urban (inner-city), single parents, cultural and ethnic groups to hunting. With the hunter education program we can reach these groups on a greater scale and educate them of the benefits from hunting both as a management tool and a recreational activity.
  • Promote public interest and active involvement in hunting and related issues.
  • Public enjoyment and understanding of the wildlife resources will be greatly enhanced.
  • The hunting public will have a better understanding of the vulnerability of the environment and work towards improving conditions that necessary to maintain quality of life for both man and wildlife.