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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 tblairvt@comcast.net . A registration form is also available at www.shootncsc.com.

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Scheduled Events:

 

January 4 - 6, 2014, Wilderness First Responder Recertification/Challenge
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 8 - 14, 2014, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Medicine: Wilderness First Responder Certification. We offer Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course is taught in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates of Maine. 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. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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Jan 10-12, 2014, AIARE Level 1 Avi Course
This course is vital for all aspiring alpine/ice climbers, backcountry ski/boarders, and winter travelers. Our 3-day course runs January 10-12th, 2014 and will be based out of Crawford Notch and Pinkham Notch, NH. Stay alive, be "avi savvy"! This course makes a great holiday gift idea for the climber/skier/boarder you love! http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/avalanchecourse/   www.adventurespiritguides.com

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January 11, 2014., Fish and Wildlife Department Holds Free Trapping Seminar
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a free seminar entitled “Trapping Through the Ice” at the Edward Kehoe Education Center in Castleton, on January 11, 2014. Bill Pickens, President of the Vermont Trapper’s Association, will lead topics on rules and regulations, trapping equipment, personal safety, and trapping techniques. Participants will spend a large portion of the day on Lake Bomoseen.
Beavers and muskrats can be legally trapped until March 31, 2014. “Trapping through the ice can be challenging, but trappers will leave this seminar equipped with the knowledge of how to trap safely and improve their success rate,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Proper attire is required as students will be outside for a majority of this seminar. Vermont Fish & Wildlife will provide all trapping equipment.
Registration is required by contacting Alison Thomas at 802-371-9975 or by email at alison.thomas@state.vt.us . Please include your full name, address, and a daytime phone number in the message. A confirmation letter will follow.

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Jan 18,  Welcome to Ice!
Ice climbing is the natural transition from rock if you're living in the wintery Northeast or looking to explore the universe of alpine climbing. Our Guide Team is laying out the "Welcome" doormat for you this winter. On January 18th we'll be based out of Smugglers Notch, VT and shifting over to the North Conway, NH area for February 9th. You bring the ice ambitions and we'll provide all the necessary ice climbing equipment, along with valuable technique tips and movement coaching. This course is a all-day experience that is full-value at only $125/pp. You can find some details about the ice experience here. Connect with us now to move your climbing into the winter world! www.adventurespiritguides.com/preparingforiceclimbing

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Jan 24 - 26, 2014, The 8th Annual Ice Bash
Schedule will include Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Avalanche Clinics, the Friday Night Drytooling Competition, speakers and athlete presentations, public demos of ice climbing equipment, raffles and support for our local Access Fund Affiliate, CRAG-VT. Featuring Intro to Ice Climbing, Steep Ice Techniques, The Science of Ice Climbing, Learn to Lead, Women’s Beginner-Intermediate Ice Climbing, Avalanche Companion Rescue, Guided Gully Climbs, and much much more! www.smuggsicebash.com

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Jan. 25, Crevasse Rescue Clinic at the Smuggs Ice Bash
Avalanche rescue and crevasse rescue have a lot in common: You never want to use them. But--if you're a climber in glaciated terrain--you damned well better have your crevasse rescue skills dialed. This one-day clinic will be held Jan 25th during the Smugglers Notch Ice Bash. During the clinic, we'll cover field-tested techniques for self-rescue, partner-rescue, and team rescue. Learn about the clinic and the Ice Bash here. www.smuggsicebash.com/saturday-january-25-clinics/   www.adventurespiritguides.com

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January 25-26,  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. ROOTS, 192 Bear Notch Rd., Bradford, Vermont 05033 www.RootsVT.com  802.456.1253

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February 1 - 2, 2014, Origins, Primitive Tools and Weapons
This is a nine month program devoted to studying, making, and using primitive weapons, tools, and technologies. The program will be focused on hunter gatherers of the Woodland Period in Vermont although not limited to that place or age because we do not have the same landscape to work with as they did. At the end of the program we will all put our tools to the test. www.rootsvt.com/adults/origins

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February 8 - 9, 2014, Winter Survival
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 running this course. With several feet of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures, and scarce food, survival in the winter can be tremendously demanding. This course will serve as a thorough introduction to some the primitive 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 Vermont's environment. www.rootsvt.com/adults/winter-survival

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Feb 9,  Welcome to Ice!
Ice climbing is the natural transition from rock if you're living in the wintery Northeast or looking to explore the universe of alpine climbing. Our Guide Team is laying out the "Welcome" doormat for you this winter. On January 18th we'll be based out of Smugglers Notch, VT and shifting over to the North Conway, NH area for February 9th. You bring the ice ambitions and we'll provide all the necessary ice climbing equipment, along with valuable technique tips and movement coaching. This course is a all-day experience that is full-value at only $125/pp. You can find some details about the ice experience here. Connect with us now to move your climbing into the winter world! www.adventurespiritguides.com/preparingforiceclimbing

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February 16 - 22, 2014, 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. www.rootsvt.com/adults/winter-scout

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March 1 - 9, 2014, Bows, Arrows, and Flint Knapping
Join us for the Bow Building, Flint Knapping, and Arrow Making courses all running back to back March 2-10, 2013.
Spend the week out at the ridge and leave with a full set of primitive hunting gear. Offering these classes together provides the opportunity for students to fully submerge themselves in the skills for nine days straight. With such ample time we will be able to cover a wide range of topics associated with primitive bow hunting such as shooting, scouting, preparing for the hunt, history of the skills, and much more. Check out the class descriptions of these three courses for more information. www.rootsvt.com/adults/bows-arrows-and-flint-knapping

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March 29, 2014, Become a Let's Go Fishing Instructor
Share the excitement! Teach a kid how to fish! Become a Let's Go Fishing instructor at one of our free workshops -- Saturday, March 29 at the Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton or Saturday, April 5 at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's district office in Essex Junction, VT. Email letsgofishing@mychamplain.net or call Cathy at 802-879-3466 to sign up!

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March 29 - 30, Denali Skills Sharpener
Since the early years of Alaskan alpine exploration, the mountains of the Northeastern US have factored in big as a formidable and valuable training ground. During this two-day training clinic we'll make the most of this terrain. Day one we'll focus on snow anchors, and crevasse rescue techniques. Day two we'll explore effective technique in steep snow terrain, fixed line travel, and roped travel techniques. We'll overnight at the Huntington Ravine Harvard Cabin and use the evening hours to explore topics of participant choosing. You can elect to attend one or both days of the clinic. Cost is $135 per day or $250 for both days. For details contact us. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/

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April 1, 3, 8, 10 and 12, 2014 HUNTER SAFETY COURSES
LOCATION: MENDON FISH & GAME CLUBHOUSE, EAST PITTSFORD ROAD, Pittsford, Vermont
Pre-registration Required by  March 31st, Call Larry Sears at (802) 775-1733

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April 4, 11, & 19, 3 Day Intro To Sport Climbing Clinic
Are You Ready to Take the Lead?
April 4th, 6:30PM–9:00PM) Day 1- Objectives, Belay a Leader, Clip Efficiently, Lead an Indoor Climb
April 11, 6:30PM–9:00PM, Day 2 - Objectives, Set Anchors, Clean Anchors, Rappel (Indoor)
April 19, 9:00AM–6:00PM) Day 3 - Objectives, Go To Rumney and Put It All Into Practice, (Weather Dependent) (Outdoor)
Green Mountain Rock Climbing Centers Quechee@VermontAdventureTours.com 
www.vermontclimbing.com  (802) 457-7090

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April 5, 2014, Become a Let's Go Fishing Instructor
Share the excitement! Teach a kid how to fish! Become a Let's Go Fishing instructor at one of our free workshops -- Saturday, March 29 at the Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton or Saturday, April 5 at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's district office in Essex Junction, VT. Email letsgofishing@mychamplain.net or call Cathy at 802-879-3466 to sign up!

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April 5 - 6, Intro To Top Rope Climbing
This 2 Part Series Will Cover the Basics of Top Rope Climbing. You Choose How Much You Want To Learn. Day 1 will give you a taste of outdoor toprope climbing Day 2 will give you the skills to start top roping with your friends. Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center ~Quechee~ Quechee@VermontAdventureTours.com   www.vermontclimbing.com (802) 457-7090

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April 13, Turkey Hunting 101
Never tried turkey hunting but want to learn how? Here’s your chance to get started at a First-Time Turkey Hunting Seminar being held Sunday, April 13 in Northfield. Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff and two volunteer hunter education instructors will be putting on the 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seminar hosted at Mountain Deer Taxidermy at 1308 Loop Road in Northfield. Peter Hommel of East Barre and Jeffrey Blanchard from Graniteville will be the instructors who will cover basic turkey hunting topics such as hunting regulations, choosing a good location to set up your hunting blind, correct use of turkey calls, decoy placement, shotgun chokes, safe colors of clothing, and shot placement, as well as dressing and cooking your turkey. To learn more about the seminar and sign up to attend, please contact Hope Kanarvogel at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department by Monday, April 7. The course is limited to no more than 40 participants. You can reach Hope by phone at 802-828-1193 and by email at (Hope.Kanarvogel@state.vt.us).

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April 19, 2014, Vermont Bowhunter Education Course
8:00am - 4:00pm Registration Open 24 of 60 seats remaining. Location: LINWOOD SMITH'S ARCHERY SHOP, St. Johnsbury, VT http://vermontarchery.com/

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April 26 & May 28, 2014, - Advanced First Aid and CPR
* In order to register for First Aid, CPR, River Rescue and Level II Whitewater Training Courses, you must be registered in our Whitewater Guide Training (Level I) course. Space is limited for Guide Training. Call Today 1-800-348-8871 to register for our upcoming 2014 Maine Guide Training Courses.

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May 3, - 4 Part Series - Intro To Traditional Climbing Clinic
Are You Ready to Take it to the Next Level? May 3, 10, 17, 24. Participants can save 20% on a Trad Climbing Rack. That’s right, you can get the gear and the knowledge at the same time!!! Green Mountain Rock Climbing Centers Quechee@VermontAdventureTours.com   www.vermontclimbing.com  (802) 457-7090

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May 18-29, 2014, -  Maine Whitewater Guide Training Course: Whitewater Guide Training (Level I)
* In order to register for First Aid, CPR, River Rescue and Level II Whitewater Training Courses, you must be registered in our Whitewater Guide Training (Level I) course. Space is limited for Guide Training. Call Today 1-800-348-8871 to register for our upcoming 2014 Maine Guide Training Courses.

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May 23 - 30, 2014 - Wilderness First Responder
The Marlboro College Outdoor Program will host a WFR training May 23 thru the 30th contact Randy 802-579-8238 Certification thru Wilderness Medical Associates

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May 24, 2014, Vermont Bowhunter Education Course
8:00am - 4:00pm Registration Open Location: LINWOOD SMITH'S ARCHERY SHOP, St. Johnsbury, VT http://vermontarchery.com/

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May 28, 2014, - Advanced First Aid and CPR
* In order to register for First Aid, CPR, River Rescue and Level II Whitewater Training Courses, you must be registered in our Whitewater Guide Training (Level I) course. Space is limited for Guide Training. Call Today 1-800-348-8871 to register for our upcoming 2014 Maine Guide Training Courses.

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June 2 - 4, 2014, Wilderness First Responder Recertification/Challenge
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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June 6 - 12, 2014, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Medicine: Wilderness First Responder Certification. We offer Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course is taught in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates of Maine. 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. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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June 16-17 & 18-19, 2014, - Swiftwater Rescue
* In order to register for First Aid, CPR, River Rescue and Level II Whitewater Training Courses, you must be registered in our Whitewater Guide Training (Level I) course. Space is limited for Guide Training. Call Today 1-800-348-8871 to register for our upcoming 2014 Maine Guide Training Courses.

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June 22-25, 2014, - Advanced Whitewater Guide Training (Level II)
* In order to register for First Aid, CPR, River Rescue and Level II Whitewater Training Courses, you must be registered in our Whitewater Guide Training (Level I) course. Space is limited for Guide Training. Call Today 1-800-348-8871 to register for our upcoming 2014 Maine Guide Training Courses.

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June 22 - 26, Fourth Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens
Vermont Trout Unlimited announces year four of their fly fishing camp for Vermont teens, ages 13 to 16, to be held Sunday June 22nd through Thursday June 26th at Quimby Country Lodge & Cottages, www.quimbycountry.com,  in Averill, Vermont. Teens interested in learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their skill level alongside some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers are invited to apply. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Pat Berry supports TU’s educational efforts. “TU’s Fly Fishing Camp for Teens has quickly developed into an incredible program dedicated to educating our next generation of fly fishermen and women to help ensure that our precious cold water fisheries here in Vermont will be taken care of well into the future.” For complete information about the TU Fly Fishing Camp, an application form, and a video of the camp, go to www.vermonttroutcamp.com  or e-mail Ray Daigle, camp director, at vermonttroutcamp@gmail.com , or call Ray at 802-793-2819. 

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January 3 - 5, 2015, Wilderness First Responder Recertification/Challenge
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 7 - 13, 2015, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Medicine: Wilderness First Responder Certification. We offer Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course is taught in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates of Maine. 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. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm


 

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