ST. GEORGE — Interested in hunting but not sure how to get started? Or a new hunter looking to sharpen your skills?

Two bull elk stand in a field, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

The Utah Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Chapter, in partnership with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, will be hosting their annual Hunting for Sustainability program this spring.

According to a media release, the six-week workshop will provide new and adult-onset hunters with training on how to be safe in the field, good stewards of wildlife and the basic skills necessary to be a successful big game hunter.

The workshops will include topics on conservation, gear, animal behavior, field scouting, e-scouting hunting tactics, regulations, firearm practice and safety, plus the opportunity to field dress, butcher and cook a deer. In addition, students will receive a free one-year OnX Hunt membership, a free one-year BHA membership and a blaze orange vest.

Participation is by application only. Interested participants need to apply online before March 7. Applicants must be 18 years or older and have completed Hunter Education or be a participant of the Utah Trial Hunting Program. Selected applicants will be required to pay a one-time $50 fee to help cover the basic costs of hosting this program.

Stock photo of pronghorn buck, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

All sessions will be held in the Greater Salt Lake area in the evenings, except the Saturday sessions which will be half-day sessions starting in the mornings. This year a brand new session on e-scouting was added, officials said.

To apply, fill out the application at this link. Deadline to apply is March 7.

Participants will be chosen no later than March 21. Detailed information will be sent to workshop participants before sessions start on April 4.

2024 Hunting for Sustainability schedule:

Thursday, April 4: History of conservation, hunting ethics, pack dump
Saturday, April 13: Animal behavior, Scouting, Glassing/Hunting techniques, blood trailing, firearms overview
Thursday, April 18: Accurate shooting in the field and firearms practice
Thursday, April 25: Regulations, common violations, applying for tags
Monday, May 13: E-scouting
Saturday, Aug. 10: Butchering, packing and cooking

Questions? Reach out to Matthew Fuller by email.

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