Introductory Hunting Essentials

Introductory Hunting Essentials Course
29-30 October 2016

Are you a novice hunter, who has successfully completed the PAL and CORE courses, but feel that you need more practical training before heading off into the woods?  Then this course may be just for you.

The Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association will be holding an Introductory Hunting Essentials Course, on Saturday/Sunday 29-30 October 2016 in the Clubhouse, 9 am to 4 pm each day.

The course content includes:

  • Ground selection
  • Preys’ eyes, Hunters’ eyes
  • Finding/seeing game
  • Whitetail vs mule, Buck vs doe
  • Fitness considerations
  • Team makeup
  • Optics/Scope/binocular selection
  • Rifle/caliber selection
  • Laser range finder applications
  • Normal (< 150 yard) shooting considerations/Long(er) distance shooting considerations
  • Scouting & ambush, vs stalking, merits of each
  • Ungulate anatomy/physiology and field dressing (includes training/practice on either killed-that-morning sheep, or a recent deer)
  • Relationships with game cutters
  • Relationships with landowners
  • Relationships with other parties out there encountered
  • Hunt site schematic
  • Bear considerations

About the instructor:

  • Canadian Firearms/Restricted Firearms instructor/examiner, since the program’s inception (instructor certification card # 0007)
  • B.C. Hunter Training/C.O.R.E instructor/examiner, since 1981.
  • Active hunter since 1967 with bow, shotgun and rifle, multiply successful for: deer (both), bear, moose, sheep (both), bison, predators, waterfowl, and upland birds
  • B.Ed, UVic, 1981
  • Current membership in B.C. College of Teachers, and a continuing member in good standing from that college’s first day.
  • Teacher in rural schools, 1981-1997, outdoor education, and biology.
  • Commercial/coastal float pilot since 1990.
  • Industrial ambulance/medic, since 1997.
  • Nurse (emerg, med/surg, O.R., rehab) 2001-2013.

To attend, you must register in advance.  Cost will be $150, payable at the door.  The course size will be limited to 20 students. To register, please send an email to myself at

An update on the VFGPA Timber West land access pilot project will also be provided.

Lunches will be available for purchase from the VFGPA Canteen in the clubhouse.


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