One Montana’s Master Hunter Program (MHP) is accepting applications from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30 for the 2022 program. Class locations include Missoula (March), Helena (April), Big Timber (April) and Havre (May). Each class will consist of two three-day consecutive weekends (Friday – Sunday). A two-day weekend rendezvous in June is also required for qualifications, field exercises and the final exam.
The MHP is an advanced education program for hunters who want to continue to add to their knowledge and skills. A primary goal of the program is to build trust and relationships between landowners and sportsmen and sportswomen. Secondly, the program seeks to help landowners and the state with their wildlife management goals. By creating opportunities for landowners and sportsmen to connect to each other, the MHP allows for discussion that leads to better understanding and collective solutions. By working with landowners, the MHP also helps to change false perceptions about both hunting and agriculture, and ultimately works to increase access opportunities for future generations.
To date, 232 hunters have successfully completed the program. Graduates belong to a network of ethical and effective hunters stretching from Whitefish to Miles City who hunt together, keep each other informed and are knowledgeable voices on issues affecting sportsmen across Montana.
“This class and all the information I gained has already changed my life,” said one graduate. “I can't wait to see what great work we can do together with this excellent group of individuals."
The program covers wildlife management, history of conservation, hunting culture and ethics, private land stewardship, shooting accuracy and precision, lead-free ammunition, hunting and other topics. The instructors have a wide diversity of knowledge and perspectives and include ranchers, farmers, university faculty, professional shooting instructors, wildlife managers, wildlife biologists, FWP personnel and others.
The program is led by One Montana (1MT), a nonprofit working to sustain a vibrant Montana by connecting urban and rural communities. The program is supported financially by private foundations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations and industry partners such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Bass Pro Shop’s and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation, Mystery Ranch, Sitka Gear, Weyerhaeuser Company and others.
For information about the application process, class dates and eligibility requirements, visit www.mtmasterhunter.com.
Contact: Sarah Tilt, Executive Director, One Montana, firstname.lastname@example.org