Whether you are an experienced hunter or hitting the field for the first time, make tracks to the Southeast Idaho Hunting University on August 3 at the Pocatello Trap Club located at 1442 Fortress Road (near the Pocatello airport). From 10 AM to 4 PM, this free event will be filled with a variety of hunting-related activities, demonstrations, and presentations to help hunters prepare for fall adventures.
Booths, activities, and demonstrations. Who knew “summer school” could be so much fun? Sportsmen’s groups, businesses, outdoors enthusiasts, state and federal agencies, and other community partners will be staffing 20 booths and activity stations for the whole family to enjoy!
- Archery range
- Trap shooting
- Sporting dog and falconry demonstrations
- Hunting basics for mule deer, elk, turkey, upland game, waterfowl
- Proper meat care in the field
- Latest hunting gear and technology
- Bear safety/awareness
- Access Yes
- Backcountry preparedness and wilderness survival
- And, so much more!
The Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) Trailer will also be on display, featuring illegally taken wildlife and the stories behind the crimes. Hear from conservation officers what common violations hunters commit in the field, and learn how to be a good witness when reporting violations you may observe. Don’t know if your muzzleloader, bow, or other hunting equipment is legal for a particular hunt? Bring it on over to the CAP trailer and have our officers assess that for you.
If you get hungry during all the fun, the Thanks-A-Brunch food truck will be there with its yummy lunch menu!
Special Presentations. The day will also be filled with a series of presentations from experienced hunters from the community and from Idaho Fish and Game. They will share important tips, hints, and strategies to make hunting more successful and enjoyable whether you are going for the first time or the hundredth time.
Time Topic Location
10:00 Welcome Main Stage
10:30-11:00 Falconry Demonstration Field Area
10:30-Noon Sporting Dog Demo Field Area
11:00-11:30 Talking Turkey Main Stage
11:30-Noon Mule Deer Hunting 101 Main Stage
Noon – 12:30 IDFG Q&A Panel Main Stage
12:30-1:00 Elk Whispering Basics Main Stage
1:00 – 1:30 Upland Game Hunting Main Stage
1:30 – 2:00 Waterfowl Hunting Main Stage
2:00 – 2:30 Being a Good Witness Main Stage
2:30 – 3:00 Why Wildlife Research Main Stage
3:00 – 3:30 Wilderness Survival Main Stage
Register for a hunter education field day. To be sure that no one gets left out of the hunt this fall, Idaho Fish and Game will be offering two hunter education field days as part of the Hunting University event-- one from 9 AM to 1 PM and the other from 2 PM to 6 PM.
Interested students must either pass the online Hunter Education course or complete the independent study workbook option BEFORE registering for either field day. The field day is the last step in certification, and these two classes at the event will help new hunters and youth get their licenses before deer season opens on October 10!
To take the online hunter education course ($24.50) or to register for a field day ($9.75), go to https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/education. The independent study workbook can be picked up at any regional Fish and Game office for $8.00.
For more information about the Southeast Idaho Hunting University or if you, your organization, or business would like to be involved with the event, please contact Tessa Atwood or Jennifer Jackson at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 208-232-4703.