Official Montana Hunting Safety Course Link to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Hello, hunter! Montana's online hunting course has moved. Click here to go to the latest version of the Today's Hunter in Montana course—the official hunting safety course of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The following course material is for reference only. Please go to the new course to complete your Montana certification.

Alcohol and Drugs

Never consume alcohol or other drugs while hunting or when handling firearms. Do not hunt or shoot with anyone who has. Hunting while drunk or while drinking is extremely dangerous to yourself and others. Alcohol affects your mental and physical abilities and impairs your ability to make a good decision. Medicines that cause drowsiness can be especially dangerous when you are handling firearms, operating motorized vehicles, or hunting from tree stands. Always stay fully alert when around firearms!

Examples of hunting skills impaired by alcohol and drugs include:

Ability Hunting Skills Negatively Affected
Judgment Ability to determine when to shoot and when not to shoot; safe zone of fire.
Coordination Ability to safely handle firearms; cross obstacles or rough terrain; marksmanship; reaction time.
Speech Ability to communicate clearly with other members of the hunting party.
Hearing Ability to locate game.
Vision Ability to identify game.
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