From October 1 through November 30, "One Montana Master Hunter Program" is accepting applications for their 2021 classes.

What's it mean to be a Montana Master Hunter? Since 2018, the program has been offering sportsmen the opportunity to further their depth and understanding of various hunting topics.  The Master Hunter program is an advanced hunter education program for hunters who understand that hunting is a lifelong skill and want to continue to add to their knowledge and skills.

One of the primary goals of the program is to build trust and working relationships between landowners and sportsmen and women. The program provides hunters the opportunity to learn from landowners about the challenges they face on a daily bases and specifically how wildlife impacts them. Secondly, the program seeks to help landowners and the state with their wildlife management goals. By working with landowners Master Hunters also help to change false perceptions about both hunting and agriculture, and ultimately work to increase access opportunities for future generations.

The program includes classroom and online instruction, and field work. The course covers wildlife management, history of conservation, hunting culture and ethics, private land stewardship, shooting accuracy and precision, lead-free ammunition abd hunting skills just to name a few.  Instructors have a wide diversity of knowledge and perspectives and in include ranchers, farmers, university faculty, professional shooting instructors, wildlife managers, wildlife biologists and MT Fish Wildlife and Parks personnel.

The program fee is $375, so maybe you want to tell loved ones what you'd like for a Christmas present. To find out more about One Monana Master Hunters and its course dates, instructors, sample curriculum, eligibility requirements and policies, you can visit their website. You can also contact lead instructor Everett Headley, everetth@onemontana.org.