Fish and Game clinic teaches novices to hunt deer and learn about hunting

Learning to hunt big game can be challenging, even for people with family and friends who do it and are willing to teach them.

For people without mentors, it’s more daunting, so the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hosting a four-day workshop to teach the skills needed to be a successful hunter.

The “Wildavore” workshop is Saturday, July 18; Saturday, July 25; the evening of Friday, July 31; and Saturday, Aug. 1.

The fee is $25 per person, which includes refreshments and venison lunches for all Saturday classes.

Space is limited and participants must attend all sessions in order to participate in a mentored hunt. Hunter Education course completion is a workshop prerequisite.

“The workshop will focus on deer hunting and is open only to adults 18-years of age or older,” F&G wildlife technician Liz Horsmon said. “The ideal workshop candidate has little or no big-game hunting experience and perhaps has no access to experienced hunting mentors.”

Held at the Boise River Wildlife Management Area and Lucky Peak Nursery near Boise, the workshop will include classroom and outdoor lessons including:

• Deer biology and preferred habitat.

• The most effective deer hunting techniques.

• Which hunting equipment is essential.

• How to scout for hunting spots.

• How to ethically harvest game.

• How to dress, handle and cook harvested animals.

The Wildavore workshop will include an actual deer hunt in the fall with an experienced mentor. All equipment will be provided, and workshop participants will learn to safely handle and shoot rifles.

Through the program, Fish and Game hopes to introduce an untapped, but interested, group of people to proper hunter and wildlife conservation.

After a long-term decline, national participation in hunting has seen growth in recent years, and part of that is people using hunting as a source for locally produced, organic meat.

“We hope to see workshop participants leave with the basic knowledge and experience needed to continue hunting on their own,” Horsmon said.

“The potential also exists for workshop participants to introduce the hunting tradition to family and friends.”

For more information or to apply, call Liz Horsmon at 236-1267, or email