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Learn to Hunt, Trap, & Shoot Program

What is the Learn to Hunt, Trap, & Shoot Program?

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  • This is Indiana DNR's hunting, trapping, and shooting education program, designed to instruct and motivate novice and inexperienced participants of all ages.
  • The goal of this program is to meet the needs of participants with diverse interests, backgrounds, and levels of ability to create lifelong hunting, trapping, and shooting participants.
  • This program promotes, supports and conducts events for families, adults, veterans, women, and sportsmen or women with disabilities.
  • This program aims to promote a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, social interaction, and the consumption of locally sourced, free-range proteins that hunting can provide.

The Learn to Hunt, Trap, & Shoot Program is accomplished through:

  • Multi-day Workshops: Species-specific workshops provide the chance to learn about the science and skills of hunting. Because hunting can’t be learned in a day, each workshop is made up of two to four learning sessions, each designed as its own two- to four-hour workshop. This design allows participants to focus on each aspect of hunting, one target species at a time.
    • Classroom Session: Focuses on teaching the laws and regulations, biology, hunting and scouting techniques, and recommended equipment for hunting the target species.
    • Field Session: Focuses on hands-on teaching of how to hunt the target species in different habitats (i.e., how to scout and where to hunt).
    • Range Session: Focuses on teaching and practice of shooting techniques and shot placement.
    • Hunt Session: Pairs participants with seasoned hunters in either a small group (two students to one mentor) or one-on-one, depending on the target species.
  • Seminars: Mini workshops (one to three hours) focus on a particular hunting topic (e.g., cooking wild game, picking a gun that fits you, field dressing wild game, turkey calling, waterfowl calling). Seminars are also used as a refresher or elective portion for the multi-day workshops.
  • Mentored Hunts: Provide participants with a safe and educational experience with an experienced hunter. Mentored hunts are operated either as small group hunts (two students to one mentor) or one-on-one hunts.
  • Information about upcoming workshops, seminars, and mentored hunts can be found below.

Where are the Hunting, Shooting, & Trapping Events and Workshops?


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Hunting, Trapping, & Shooting Information

Contact Information for this program

Jack Basiger
(317) 233-9382