Developing your syllabus

There are a few syllabi in the resources below. While these samples are good starting points you should develop your own, based on your program’s goals and objectives. Bear in mind that the syllabus you develop should also be flexible so that you can accommodate unanticipated participant needs or additional material reviews, as needed. Building in time for reviews of past material, soliciting questions from the participants’, and having participants’ reflect on what they have learned are important elements of adult learning theory. Because your students are food-motivated, you will want to plan on having time to share new venison dishes at as many sessions as possible.

Most programs consist of several sessions and extend over several weeks. The length of each of the sessions within these courses is highly variable. However, it is a good idea to seek input from your target audience before setting specific timeframes and course durations. Seeking their input on program content is also highly advisable.

These programs generally culminate in a one- or two-day hunt. A deer processing/cooking session also makes a great addition to the core program and plays to the food motivation of the participants. Planning backwards from the “hunt days” is a good way to work out the ultimate dates for your sessions.

Once you decide on the topics your program, you will need to assign instructors to them. It is advisable to train these instructors on issues they are going to face working with food-motivated, new, adult hunters.


How to Deer Hunt

What makes deer hunting – and especially whitetailed deer hunting – so overwhelmingly popular?

Whitetails are ubiquitous. They’re the most widely distributed hooved animal we have in the Americas – maybe in the world. And they’re the definition of a hunter-driven conservation success story. These days, whitetail populations thrive from Maine to Washington, Manitoba to Peru. They’re as at home in a dense national forest as they are raiding a suburban flower bed in New Jersey.

True, a guided deer hunt for a trophy buck on select ground can cost a small fortune.

Learning to Hunt activity guide

Trends have shown that hunting is on the decline across the nation. Fortunately in many of the more rural states, hunting remains a strong tradition. Yet as you and other hunters mature and retire from the strenuous activities afield, you leave a void not filled by younger generations. This is happening for a number of reasons.

All across America we are part of an unprecedented exploit of open space. Cities and suburbs are sprawling into the rural countryside at an alarming rate. Farms are being carved into smaller country estates.

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