Conservation & Hunting in America Online

Conservation & Hunting in America (C&HA) is an online distance learning program for natural resource agency professionals to explore the conservation theories, policy, and practices that apply to hunting and the sustainable uses of wildlife in North America.

This program grew from our highly successful Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) workshops with content being delivered by over 20 experts from the natural resource profession. The program is comprised of approximately 16 hours of total learning, divided into 11 hours of self-directed digital learning interspersed with five 1 hour facilitated discussion sessions. Each cohort will have a CLfT staff facilitator and on occasion 1 or 2 guest experts to help answer questions about the material covered during each discussion.

Cohort sizes are kept small and maintain the same 8-12 participants throughout to ensure meaningful conversation and the opportunity for every participant to ask questions and reflect on how the topics apply to their professional responsibilities.  To ensure that every participant can get their questions answered, each group will also have an integrated question and answer board, allowing questions to be sent to CLfT staff at any time while participants explore the digital content,

Each cohort is conducted over a 14-day period with zoom discussions scheduled twice a week at predetermined times.  

Learners are expected to have access to the internet, computer with a camera and microphone in order to fully engage and complete the course.  It is expected that the total experience will require about 90-120 minutes per day on average, spread over 11 continuous working days.

Program Content Summary

                                       Course Introduction and review of expectations

Module 1                      Motivations & Demographics of Hunters in the United States

Module 2            Hunter Safety & Education, Awareness, and Agency Responsibility

                                                Part 1 – Agency Responsibility in Hunter Education Distribution

                                                Part 2 – Firearms and Archery Demonstrations Explained

Module 3                   Methods of Take 

Module 4                   Hunting in Wildlife Management and Conservation

                                                Part 1 - Public Trust and the North American Model, then and now

                                                Part 2 - Career Relevancy of the “user pay – public benefit” System

Module 5                    Wildlife Laws, Regulations, and Enforcement

Module 6                    Biological Basis and Science of Harvesting Wildlife

Module 7                    Hunter Responsibility and Ethics 

Module 8                    The Role of Hunting and Hunters in Society

Module 9                    Types of Hunting

                                                Part 1 – Specific Types of Hunting

                                                Part 2 – Dogs and Hunting                                            

Module 10                  A Hunt - Before, During, and After

Module 11                  Wild Game as Food

Module 12                  Gear, Terminology, and Methods of Trapping and Angling

Module 13                  Contemporary Management Issues & Challenges

Module 14                  Effective Communication Skills and Impacts to Leadership

                                   Closing Remarks and Exit Survey

                                   Effective Pathways into Hunting


Discussion Sessions    Five, 1-hour, small group online discussions to explore content