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A Moose, My Son, and Bucks: Lessons from 2015 Hunts

This is a story from Montana Hunter Education instructor Bill Smith. He is a relatively new instructor, having joined in spring 2016, but brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his classroom. This is his story. I became an apprentice Montana Hunter Education Instructor in the…

Letter to a Landowner: Thanks for the Amazing Elk Hunt

The following is an excerpt from a thank you letter written to a landowner by hunter Jim Taylor, after he successfully harvested his first elk. He shared this with Hunter Ed; it's an excellent example of how hunters can best treat landowners to continue the…

Buck's Revenge: A Lesson in Hunting Alone

Eric Mongar is a Montana hunter education instructor who started teaching in 1989. Despite knowing how to be safe in the field, he still made a very dangerous mistake. Learn how he made it out safely with his story below. During the 2015 rifle season,…

UPDATE: What Should Theresa Vail Have Done?

Theresa Vail, star of the Outdoor Channel show “Limitless With Theresa Vail,” accidentally shot a bear while hunting in Alaska and then conspired with her Alaska guides to cover it up by improperly tagging the animal, Alaska State Troopers said. Vail was charged with two…

Duck Hunting: The Beginner's Guide

If you’re just starting out as a duck hunter, you probably have many questions: Where do I go? What camo do I wear? What does each duck look like? Plus many, many more. This beginner’s guide will serve to answer some (but not all) of…