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Hunter Education Schedule (Statewide)

NRA Trap Shooting Camp - Every Sunday during May – September
North Country Sportsman’s Club, Gun Club Road, Williston, VT, Off Old Creamery Road.  from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Agenda: Each session will be limited to 10 people: Cost: $20 per individual and pre-registration is recommended since each session will be limited to 10 people. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Cost includes loaner shotgun, ammunition, clay birds, and eye and ear protection. Contact: Tom Blair, (802) 872-8329 (please, no calls after 8:00 p.m.) or via email at . A registration form is also available at


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December 3, 2016, Fibers from a Wild Landscape
Humankind’s relationship to fibers and fiber technology stretches back along our time line thousands upon thousands of years, resulting in a globally practiced, rich, and varied tradition. In our modern age, we have access to seemingly endless inexpensive synthetic fibers. While useful, this has reduced our need to procure, process, and provide them for ourselves, and distanced ourselves from the plants and animals that provide these materials. This class invites you to return to a practice that we have relied upon for countless generations. Come process a variety of plant and animal based fibers, gain a better understanding of string technology from identification, processing, basic spinning, in the hand weaving, and create some beautiful and functional works of art.

December 4, 2016, Twined Basketry
Twining is perhaps one of the earliest weaving techniques used by our ancestors. The relative simplicity and durability of twined vessels resulted in their manufacture and use all over the world, by cultures far and wide. Twined baskets can be lose and open, or can be crafted tight enough to hold water. This class introduces you to a variety of materials to work with, but will focus on the use of cattail leaves.

December 11-20, 2016, Wilderness First Responder
Join the staff of SOLO, nationally recognized leaders in the field of wilderness medicine and rescue, for a 80-hour intensive wilderness emergency care course. Learn skills needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings, with a focus on the extended care often required in wilderness medical emergencies. Practical simulations and lectures. Includes CPR. Excellent course for outdoor enthusiasts or outdoor trip leaders. The resident participant fee $925 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $740 includes lunch, course.

Dec 17, 2016, Woodswoman Ax Skills
​Held at Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester, VT. Taught by Jesse Scarlato and Murphy. Get your "Lumber Jill" on at this skill-building class, where you will learn traditional ax skills with other adventurous women. Murphy and Jesse will teach the use and care of a traditional woods(wo)man's ax.

December 17, 2016, EMT Wild Day
A one-day course to re-certify the wilderness component for a current EMT. Eight hours National Registry CEUs. Cost: $150 (includes meals, and training materials)

December 17-20, 2016, Wilderness Module
This course is designed to upgrade current First Responders to the WFR level and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. The focus of the course is on emergency care needed when you are separated by time/distance from definitive medical care and do not have the luxury of an ambulance at your disposal. Practical simulations provide hands on rescue skills. Certification for the course is dependent upon passing both the written and practical exams. For National Registry EMT’s this course is typically counted as 40 hours of continuing education. The resident participant fee $615 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $500 includes lunch, course.

January 6-8, 2017, WFR Recertification/Challenge
As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims.

January 8, 2017, Pico Telemark Clinic
Pico Mountain Ski Area – Mendon, VT., Time: 12:00-4:00pm. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up their tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill zones. This course will take place on easy or intermediate, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (lift access included) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This clinic is for all ability levels, from beginners to advanced skiers, looking to develop and refine their telemark skills.

January 10-16, 2017, Wilderness First Responder
As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims.

January 12 - March 2 - Introduction To Fly Tying
Trout Unlimited MadDog Chapter and Vt Fish & Wildlife's Let’s Go Fishing Program are partnering to conduct two instructional fly tying courses. Each course will emphasize stream ecology, habitat management, angler ethics and the natural history of trout while teaching participants the art of fly tying. Introduction To Fly Tying: Thurs nights, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Berlin, VT. Intermediate Fly Tying: Thurs nights, 2/9, 2/16, and 3/2, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Berlin, VT. The cost is $30 to cover materials. To register, call 802-265-2279 or email  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

1-4PM, R & L Archery will be hosting our annual predator hunting seminar on January 14, from 1 - 4 p.m. at R & L Archery. Featured speaker is noted predator hunter Erik Hammond from Richmond, VT. Erik, who is a member of the FoxPro professional hunting staff, successfully hunts predators year round. Seminar will cover gear and gear set-up, stand placement, use of calls, and techniques for getting predators to come in. Seminar is FREE, and open to the public, no reservation required. For more info contact us at , or 800-269-9151 R & L Archery Inc. - 70 Smith Street, Barre, VT 05641.

JANUARY 14, Introductory Clinic on Ice Fishing for Walleye
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be hosting a free introductory course on ice fishing for walleye in mid-January at Lake Carmi. The clinic, which is open to the public, will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 at Lake Carmi State Park in Enosburg Falls. The clinic will be conducted by instructors from Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Let’s Go Fishing Program and the Lake Champlain Walleye Association. Preregistration for the clinic is required and can be completed by calling 802-265-2279 or emailing

January 14, 2017, Origins-9 Month Program
Nine months, over 30 class days of training, one course a month ending with a week long stone age living trip.
Engage yourself in your landscape and material culture in a whole new way. Immerse yourself in a handmade life. Origins is a nine month program devoted to studying, making, and using the tools needed to meet your basic needs. Our focus is not the short term survival scenario, but a long term relationship of living with the land. We meet once a month for classes varying for a weekend to a week, from January to October.

6-8PM, R & L Archery will be hosting a free Ice Fishing seminar on January 19, from 6-8 p.m. at R & L Archery. Our featured speakers; Bobby Booth and Dylan Smith, are both members of the Clam Pro-staff and very successful with their fishing adventures in the Green Mountains. They will be talking modern ice fishing techniques, including using electronics, summer and fall scouting, jigging techniques, and where to set up tip ups. Seminar is FREE, and open to the public, no reservation required. For more info contact us at , or 800-269-9151

January 21 - 22, 2017, Winter Tracking Intensive
The Winter Tracking Intensive is open to all skill levels and students. The weekend will be predominantly experience based, offering guided ‘dirt time’ in which students can push their skills in real tracking situations. Trailing and interpretation will be a major theme for the weekend as we take in depth looks into the lives of the animals living in Vermont’s forests. When the sun goes down students will be offered ecological tracking information and apply it to creating an accurate map of the land they have tracked and how the animals have moved through it. We will also check out skull and bone, and feather identification. Expect to cover a lot of snow in any weather conditions and to spend two full long days in the forests and fields tracking. Snow shoes recommended.

January 21 - 22 - Wilderness First Aid
9 A.M. – 5 P.M., GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center, VT. Sign up early—this course fills fast! This sixteen-hour, hands-on course will prepare you for backcountry medical emergencies. Its focus is on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification is provided upon completion.

February 4 - 5, 2017, Winter Survival
Bradford, VT. - This is an introductory weekend to the winter in Vermont. We do not expect you to be a survival expert, winter living is challenging, that is why we are excited to be running this course! With several feet of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures, and scarce food, survival in the winter can be demanding. This course will serve as a thorough introduction to some of the skills needed such as: winter shelter building, winter hunting and trapping, survival snow shoes, winter fire making techniques, bark foods, and much more. This course will offer wisdom into the forested landscape in winter and all of the resources still available from it. The winter months are profound teachers of efficiency and effectiveness, bringing home the reality of survival skills in a winter environment such as Vermont.

February 10 - 13, 2017, Winter Scout
Cutting temperatures, white out storms, and feet of snow blanketing the land requires a different animal to perform and operate where others cannot. If you can learn to adapt to the winter, you can use the difficulties to your advantage. In Winter Scout we will cover a wide range of topics such as: winter camouflage, tracking and counter tracking in snow, concealed snow shelters, winter scouting gear, team movement, winter trapping, ninjutsu with all those winter clothes on, and much more. We also engage with the challenges of objective planning, team coordination, and the fine art of keeping each other alive when the environment can kill you quickly. Expect challenging weather, situations, and team work, and be prepared to work hard and learn fast.

February 11, 2017 - Fur Tanning Seminar
This will be a hands-on course on tanning fur. Material, including fur will be provided to students. A current Vermont Hunting license is required to attend this class. Lunch will be provided by The Vermont Trapper's Association. Students may also bring a pelt, if they would like.

February 14 - 23, 2017, Bow and Arrow Making
Join us for Bow Building and Arrow Making. These courses can be taken separately or together. Spend 6 days out at Roots and leave with a set of primitive hunting gear. Offering these classes together provides the opportunity for students to fully submerge themselves in the skills for 6 days straight. Check out the class descriptions of these three courses for more information.

Feb 24-26, 2017, AIARE Level 1
Avalanche awareness and avoidance and rescue techniques are vital skills for all aspiring alpine/ice climbers, backcountry ski/boarders, and winter travelers. Our 3-day course runs February 24-26, 2017 and will be based out of Pinkham Notch, NH. This year we're very happy to have Jake Urban on as a Course Leader. Based out of Jackson Hole, WY, Jake is a seasoned avalanche terrain traveler and an exceptional educator.

March 3 - 5, 2017, Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Fairlee, VT - Announcing a Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women! Vermont Outdoors Woman will soon begin registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Classes such as archery, fire making, traditional winter camping, survival, cross country skiing, orienteering, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more will be offered. Don't miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $370. Gift certificates and day fee's are also available. Visit the website for more information:

March 28-April 1, Backcountry Ski Course
RMI's Backcountry Ski Course takes place on the slopes of Mt. Rainier and takes full advantage of the abundant snow fall and terrain.. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced skiers seeking to safely access the backcountry and lead their own ski tours. No previous ski touring experience is required, but participants need to posses solid intermediate to advanced skiing skills – the ability to ski moderate ungroomed terrain in ski areas comfortably – in order to participate in the program. The course is designed to be both fun and safe. We won't be skiing any slopes that have anyone trembling in their ski boots, but you can count on getting plenty of skiing matched to your comfort level. Our Backcountry Skiing Course functions as pre-requisite to our Ski Mountaineering Course or as a stand-alone program.


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VOGA members can send your Outdoor Education Events to

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association
P.O. Box 10
North Ferrisburg, VT. 05473
1 800-425-8747  (802) 425-6211