Hunting is a privilege and the Advanced Hunter Education Program is designed to help make that point. The program consists of a series of exercises that illuminate Montana's rich hunting legacy and how important legal and responsible behavior is to the future of hunting in Montana.
The Advanced Hunter Education Program looks at the history of hunting in Montana (Montana Hunting Story), explores a hunter's reasons and motivations for hunting (Why I Hunt), and tests an individual's values by presenting various dilemmas and asking the hunter what they would do (Choose a Path For Hunting). If you are taking this program optionally, disregard the instructions for defendants and skip ahead to begin the exercises.
Montana law requires an individual whose hunting privilege has been revoked to successfully complete the Advanced Hunter Education Program prior to purchasing a hunting license again. If a defendant does not successfully complete the Advanced Hunter Education Program by the date set by the Court or by the end of the suspension period, suspension of privileges will continue until the defendant successfully completes the course. Courts have the authority to sentence a defendant to complete the Advanced Hunter Education Program even if privileges are not suspended (MCA 87-6-915 ).
Montana's abundant wildlife and healthy habitats are no accident. They are the result of a 100 year restoration effort. You may be surprised to learn that this great conservation work was led by hunters motivated by the love for the game and the challenge of the hunt. Besides being historically significant, it's a remarkable story of compassion, dedication, and the will to do the right thing even when opportunities to do "the wrong thing" abounded. The hunters who have come before us have demonstrated that irresponsible behavior on the part of one individual can jeopardize the hunting experience for many, and that responsible and ethical behavior by that same individual can help ensure the future of hunting for generations. Join us on a journey of Montana's hunting history!
If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please contact
Wayde Cooperider — (406) 444-9947 or by e-mail