California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Hunter Education Program

Hunter Education Instructors

Instructors Are the Future of Hunter Education in California.

The backbone of California’s hunter education training effort is the many dedicated volunteer instructors, who give their time and energy to the program. They have been the driving force for the program since its inception. California instructors have trained well over one million hunters since the start of the program. Training in the principles of firearm safety, hunter ethics and sportsmanship, wildlife conservation and management, and hunter-landowner relations are the keys for a safe hunting future.

How You Can Become Involved
in the Hunter Education Program...

Hunter Education Instructor Application Process

  • To become a hunter education instructor, contact your regional coordinator listed below.The hunter education instructor application process consists of the following requirements.
  • All applicants must:
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • successfully complete the hunter education course prior to submitting an application
  • contact the local regional coordinator and submit an application form for review
  • not have been convicted of any felony
  • submit fingerprints and background investigation information
  • complete a course of study prior to taking a supervised examination covering the basic topics of hunter education
  • Upon successful completion of the application and initial screening, the applicant is certified and issued an instructor’s identification card and start-up kit. An applicant may be required to student teach under the direction of an experienced instructor prior to teaching classes on their own.

Hunter Education District Staff

District (see map below) Coordinator Phone
Northern District Peter (530) 865-7972
North Coast District Bart Bundesen
(415) 892-0073
Central District

Shawn Olague

(209) 827-0895
Southern District Mike Norris
(562) 429-7249

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Hunter Education Teaches Respect...

Respect for the Resource

  • By defining real success by the pleasure of the experience, companionship of fellow hunters, watching wildlife, and not by the quantity of the game bagged.
  • By supporting and understanding the work of wildlife biologists and resource managers and by participating in voluntary hunter surveys.
  • By properly identifying all game and what’s behind it.
  • By using a bird dog to assist in the retrieval of downed birds.

Respect for the Firearm

  • By knowing and following the rules of safe firearms handling.
  • By controlling the muzzle at all times, never pointing a firearm at anything you don’t intend to shoot, never playing with a firearm, and always treating every firearm as though it is loaded.
  • By ensuring the safe storage of all firearms and ammunition in the home, with the gun and shells stored separately, locked up and out of the reach of children and careless adults.
  • By unloading your firearm when not in use, when climbing a fence, jumping a ditch, handling or passing it to another person, or when transporting it.

Respect for the Law

  • By understanding and supporting the purpose of laws and regulations, protecting and conserving our resources, and promoting safety for yourself and others.
  • By encouraging other hunters to follow the rules of good sportsmanship.
  • By abiding by the bag and possession limits, hunting laws and regulations.
  • Respect for the Landowner
  • Remember, that if the land does not belong to you, then it belongs to someone else. You must have permission to hunt before entering someone’s property. Offer your time and labor in return for access.
  • By acting as a guest, leaving the area as you found it, gates as you found them, and picking up all litter including spent shells.

Respect for Yourself

  • By conducting oneself in a manner to ensure the future of hunting, using good manners in the outdoors, and setting a good example for others.
  • By thoroughly preparing and familiarizing yourself with your gun, its characteristics and capabilities and by practicing for proficiency and identification of one’s own abilities.
  • By avoiding alcohol and mind-altering drugs when handling firearms.

Respect for the Future of Hunting

  • By acknowledging that hunting is a privilege, not a right.
  • By understanding that the non-hunting public’s attitude toward hunting is influenced by how they view your personal conduct.
  • By supporting habitat programs and contributing to private sporting organizations and the State’s CalTIP anti-poaching program.
  • By obeying the ten-commandments of firearm safety.

This agency receives federal funds. Under federal law, discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, etc.. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency, contact the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at, or the U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, DC, 20240.