Hunting Classes and Courses Overview

Essential Information

Hunting classes at the college level may be found as electives in sports-related degree programs or as courses to fulfill physical education requirements. Hunting classes may also be offered to the general public as stand-alone courses through lifelong learning programs. Course subjects will include the following:

  • Equipment selection
  • Shooting skills
  • Home safety
  • Marksmanship
  • Hunting regulations

List of Courses

Hunting Safety and Introduction Course

Hunting safety is a basic course found in any hunting program and is usually a prerequisite for other hunting classes. In this course, students learn about safety features on guns and other hunting equipment. Students are also taught about using ear and eye protection. The course includes an introduction to using equipment, such a rifles, shotguns and bows. Basic hunting etiquette is covered and students learn about the fundamentals of the sport. Other topics covered include ammunition selection, gun cleaning and hunting laws.

Riflery Course

The basic concepts of rifle shooting, including rifle parts, ammunition and proper shooting techniques, are taught in this course. Students learn to shoot various types of rifles and learn about reloading, maintenance, modification and customizing. Also covered in the course are uses for rifles, long-range shooting and troubleshooting. Students learn how to control the rifle accuracy through breathing techniques, trigger use and follow-through. Different shooting positions are also discussed. This course may be taken individually or as a sports hunting program elective.

Sports Shooting Course

This course covers topics relating to different types of sports shooting, such as skeet and trap. Students learn about the techniques used in sports shooting and how to adjust to different targets. Scoring and safety are also covered. Students focus on learning to shoot moving targets and the course usually involves practice shooting sessions. This course may be taken alone or in a sports hunting program.

Pistols Course

In this course, which may focus on handgun hunting or personal safety, students learn about pistol safety, use and care. Parts of the gun, types of pistols, ammunition, cleaning and maintenance are covered in this course. Students learn how a pistol works and how to control the gun through grip, breath control, trigger use and aiming. Different shooting stances are also covered. Personal protection versions of this course may be taken as a standalone class for college students or the public, or it may be taught as an elective in a sports hunting program.

Archery Course

The aspects of shooting and hunting with bows are covered in this course. Whether taking the course for college credit in a sports hunting program or as a personal enrichment course, students learn how to use a bow and arrow through the seven basic shooting steps. Equipment care, safety and balance are also covered, along with scoring for competitive archery outside of hunting. Students may practice shooting from different ranges.

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