Program Lesson Plans

Instructor Preparation

The success of a course begins with preparation and effort put into the course. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission maintains all materials needed for instructors to succeed in his or her course, and these materials are available for your use when needed.

Coordination between the instructor and Hunter Education Coordinator is a must when scheduling your course. Although materials are available, they may also be in great demand at certain times of the year, such as just prior to major game season openings. These sudden increases in course demands place a strain on availability of materials. Plan on several weeks’ notice when reserving your course materials.

Check on the availability of classrooms in your target area. A good classroom environment is conducive to the learning atmosphere. Plan a class that is large enough to comfortably seat all expected students. Also plan for restroom access. You probably already know locations where classes may be held. Some good examples are local rod and gun clubs, libraries, agricultural civic centers, parks and recreation facilities and local schools. Wherever you choose to hold your course, give adequate notice to the proper officials to have the facility available when you need it. Another aspect of facility planning will be extra visual aids, which you may need, such as chalkboards, flip charts, desks or tables.

Instruction of an entire course by one person is a full time job. If possible, contact other volunteers or WRC personnel in your area to plan for assistance instructing your course. Some relief while instructing aids you in gathering your thoughts for your next presentation as well as provides somewhat different perspectives on topics, which will aid in the flow of information.

Plan to accommodate those members of the sporting public interested in your course. Be mindful of special needs some of these sportsmen may have, such as physical limitations, language barriers, etc. Seek the assistance of a WRC member for guidance should questions or problems arise.


A good beginning is with the introduction of the instructor and a brief history of his/her experience. This accomplishes several items:

  • Affords the student the opportunity to know more about the instructor and his/her experiences.
  • Illustrates for class the instructor’s qualifications or knowledge of subject matter.
  • Relieves that tense period at the beginning of class before students get to know any of their peers.

Now would also be a good time to introduce the hunter education course. Give a general overview of course requirements and subject matter to be covered. This would be a good time to ensure all participants meet the course requirements set out the length of course and any special materials which the student needs to have available.

Program Lesson Plans

Muzzleloader Lesson Plan Template

Hunting with Dogs: Responsibility & Ethics

Basic Hunter Education Course Lesson Plan

Trapper Ed Agenda Template

CWD Talking Points for Hunter Ed Instructors

Additional CWD Information