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How many do we have here? Can you give a new hunter ed instructor any advice? Looking for some show and tell things to go along with the class.
What are some things you have tried thats worked and not worked in class?
 

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i know this one guy that is a pretty good instructor. his name is homer c. money from bradford. he uses his police guns and stuff for show and tell and I got to hold them to show him if i have learned my shooting stance. its really fun when you get to actually handle the weapon and look it over instead of looking at it on a table and wondering what kind it is. most people that take the class in the first place usually are very interrested in that. when they get to hold it and check it if its unarmed and different safety procedures like that, they usually become more interrested in the gun,its safety,and the test mostly. i dont know if that helps or not but im glad i tried
 

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When I took mine in '02 we had a real exxitingg class. We got to personally hold an ol Ben Person with a rusty field point and a Red rider lever action bb gun. 8 hours of common sense for an orange card. i would have liked it better if it would have been a little more hands on. :biggrin:
 

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heck when i took mine back in the summer we spent over 3 hours just on muzzleloaders when it would only take maybe an hour and a half. way too many stories and stuff. really time consuming. it was some guy named ryan or something that handled that part
 

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Something I didn't know, is the class, book and test is put out for around the six grade level. The class test is a little easier and the CD rom test is a little harder they say. They also have a new book out this year. And there is no age discrimation on taking the class if I heard that right. The instructor I had for the instructor class said he likes to see at least a kid around 11, but it depends. He did say he had a few 8 year olds pass the test.

Good feedback please keep it coming, I am interested in what you liked about your course etc, and if you are a instructor I would like to hear from your perspective as well.

I am also gonna do the boating instructor. One thing I didn't know is we had 5 hunting accidents and 16 I believe boating. They said boating instruction is really needed and the accident rates are always higher.
 

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Something I didn't know, is the class, book and test is put out for around the six grade level. The class test is a little easier and the CD rom test is a little harder they say. They also have a new book out this year. And there is no age discrimation on taking the class if I heard that right. The instructor I had for the instructor class said he likes to see at least a kid around 11, but it depends. He did say he had a few 8 year olds pass the test.

Good feedback please keep it coming, I am interested in what you liked about your course etc, and if you are a instructor I would like to hear from your perspective as well.

I am also gonna do the boating instructor. One thing I didn't know is we had 5 hunting accidents and 16 I believe boating. They said boating instruction is really needed and the accident rates are always higher.
FireHog you should live on Lake Catherine like I do and you will see stuff you wouldnt believe:thumb: We dont get out much on the weekends and will not go out on a holiday weekend-Boating safety as well as common sense is really needed!
 

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I am a hunter ed instructor. I think for 13 years. One part that is not a lot of fun to instruct is the first aid. A good thing to do is bring your back pack and show them the items that should be carried in the field. Basic first aid and survival stuff.

Another thing we do is have local sporting goods stores or Wal-Mart sponsor the class. They give a few small items to give away to keep the kids awake.

It is good to have lots of examples of the subject. I do archery and have a long, recurve, and compound bow for them to view. Kids like to see what you are talking about.

Another good thing to do to help with trash on our public land is to get two coke cans. one full and one empty. Pass around the cans to all the class members. Then ask them if you can carry in the full one. Why can't you carry out the empty one?
 

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Y, the Basic first aid,,,, I am used to instructing that, and it can be boring, I got some pictures over the years so that might spice that area up a little. On the survival stuff, this is a area I have thought about myself while in the field, and I do practice a few things but I need to brush up on that.

I have been thinking on a few things to bring and show. One thing I figure would be good is proper deer stand safety and a climbing demostration. Another is blood trailing. As a kid growing up, and I have dealt with this with young family members, is one would shoot at a deer and they come in and say they missed the deer because there was no blood. I would like to instruct you need to really rule out, with a pretty good conclusion that you missed the deer before just thinking you missed him because there was no blood. I think there is a lot of deer that go off and never get recovered for this reason.

I know without a doubt blood trailing is a art, it is really a hunt within a hunt. We owe the deer to rule out every possible conclusion to know if the deer was hit or not.
 

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The Little Rock Office should have a tape on tree stand safety. This tape covers the subject very well. It is a must to show. I also wear my safety harness while doing the archery section.
Blood trail information would be good. I find it is one of those things you learn with experience and very hard to teach in a class.
 

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I agree with having some hands on stuff. I took the course when i was around 12 and the guy just talked for 8 hours. It was deathly boring. Some hands on, pictures and examples would of helped
 

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The best thing that I ever did was bring in a victim of a hunting accident to tell his story. I also brought in a guy once who had shot someone. There wasn't a dry eye in the place when the shooter finished his story.
 

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talking about boat safety, buckshot_106 would have something to say about that. in my class we had to try on the safety harness and we had to watch atv safety videos and we had alot of fun because there were some kids that didnt pay attention and we made them go up there and try on the harness and they ddint know what they were doing. stories help but they have to be juicy in order to keep full attention. pictures and victims would help alot in my opinion. i believe we would have been more interested if we had that.
 

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I haven't took the boaters course and haven't been checked for the card. I'm 17 and been running an outboard for a long time. I guess its just one of those things I'll probably get it after I get the ticket for not having it.
 
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