Wisconsin Seeks Hunter Educators

The Wisconsin DNR is looking for volunteers passionate about promoting safe, responsible, and ethical hunting practices to serve as hunter education instructors. Volunteer opportunities are available in all parts of the state.

Since the program’s creation in 1967, more than 20,000 volunteer instructors have trained and certified more than 1 million hunters statewide. These efforts have helped make hunting a much safer activity, including a 95 percent decrease in hunting-related incidents since the start of the program. 

“The success of the hunter education program over the years has been a direct result of the exceptional quality and dedication of the instructors we’ve had teaching classes,” says Michael Weber, DNR Hunter Education Administrative Warden. “Volunteer instructors have been, and continue to be, the backbone of this critical program. Whether you’ve been hunting for years or are new to the sport, please consider applying.” 

In addition to shaping the future of Wisconsin’s hunting tradition, becoming a volunteer instructor is a great way to obtain hands-on teaching experience, work closely with DNR staff, and engage with your local community.

There are two ways to become a certified volunteer hunter education instructor. Interested volunteers can either serve as apprentices under a sponsoring instructor for at least two complete courses or attend a certification training session hosted by a DNR Outdoor Skills Trainer.

Once certified, the DNR provides volunteer instructors with all the materials and equipment required to teach a hunter education course. Instructors must only teach one class every three years to remain certified, although many teach more.

Learn more: https://widnr.widen.net/s/sgbvkbx95s/outdoorskillstraineradministrativemap