Bow hunting class anyone?
Take a bow hunting class before you head out in search of the elusive wild pigs in California. We have plenty of boar. Mainly on private land.
First, the good news. Currently, California does not have a formal requirement to pass a bow hunting class and to get a special hunting license for bow hunting.
California hunters with an interest in bow hunting need to pass only the basic hunter safety course to purchase a California hunting license. Many other states have Bowhunter Education requirements a hunter must meet before legally hunting wild game.
This may change sooner or later, especially if the number of bowhunters increases and more accidents involving bow hunting occur. And, lastly, it is a good idea to learn the ways of the bow before you test your mettle on a smart and elusive game like boar.
One way of doing that is to learn from an experienced bow hunter to handle bow and arrow safely and then the specifics of using a bow on big, tough game. Bow and arrow are short-range weapons. Having to get extremely close to a wily, intelligent wild pig is no small challenge. It is nothing like shooting at a boar from afar with a high-powered rifle.
Where it is legal, property owners and guides use auto-feeders and bait to attract and hold the boar on their ranch. Bow hunting a wild pig on a feeding station is like shooting fish in a barrel. But is it hunting? Not in my book.
A bow hunting class where novice bow hunters can learn from experienced instructors and seasoned boar hunters is another relatively fast way of becoming a master bow hunter.
Unfortunately, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not offer any bow hunting clinics in 2019. On the other hand, the International Bow Hunter Education Program fills this gap. This program organizes comprehensive classes for novice bow hunters and hunters who want to become knowledgeable and safe bow hunters. Their California seminars, though not required in our state as a prerequisite for a hunting license, nevertheless meet the Bowhunter Certification requirements in other States.
Between July 2019 and the end of the year, interested hunters can take a bow hunting class from one of the remaining seven remaining. Each bow hunting class is organized by Curtis L Hermann. Interested hunters can contact the program administrators at 1-844-359-0873 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the list of bow hunting classes for the balance of 2019.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:30am – 5:00pm
JUL13SAT View Event Registration Open 13 of 20 seats remaining Nevada County Sportsmen Club Nevada City, CA 95959
Saturday, July 13, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm
JUL13SAT View Event Registration Open 4 of 10 seats remaining Escondido Fish and Game range Escondido, CA 92027
Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:30am – 5:00pm
AUGUST 2019 AUG3SAT
View Event Registration Open 1 of 32 seats remaining Angeles Shooting Ranges Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
Saturday, August 3, 2019 8:00am – 6:00pm
SEP14SAT View Event Registration Open 24 of 25 seats remaining Fort Bragg Police Department Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:30am – 5:30pm
OCT12SAT View Event Registration Open 20 of 20 seats remaining Escondido Fish and Game range Escondido, CA 92027
Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:30am – 5:00pm
OCT12SAT View Event Registration Open 22 of 25 seats remaining Escondido Fish and Game range Escondido, CA 92027
Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:30am – 5:00pm
As you can see, many of the bow hunting classes are almost fully booked. But there is a waiting list for some of the classes. Canceled seats will be filled from the waiting lists at the discretion of the organizer.
Finally and best of all, most classes are free. Call the numbers above to check whether a class of your interest is on the list of the free classes. Or try your luck sending an email.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) is another place to get more detailed information on this program more quickly.
Why would hunters want to use archaic hunting weapons for their hobby? Because they are available and legal. And, most importantly, you can significantly extend hunting times. In fact, adding bow hunting to your hunting skills effectively doubles your time to hunt game that has seasons. You get to try your luck by hunting both during the bow and the firearms hunting seasons.
In California, wild boar do not have mandated hunting seasons. You can hunt them all year long without daily bag limits. Numerous other states have very limited boar hunting seasons while complaining at the same time about the ever greater numbers of feral pigs ravaging the environment.
Besides, one can never learn too much about engaging safely in recreational activities. Not just hunting but any recreational outdoor activity.