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There are other opportunities available for hunters and trappers year-round. Many agencies, organizations, and sportsmen’s clubs offer advanced courses that provide instruction in specific areas of hunting, shooting, trapping, and outdoors skills. These types of programs are both informative and challenging. In addition to participating in advanced hunting and trapping programs, involvement in other shooting sports and wildlife conservation organizations offers enjoyable and rewarding experiences.

Opportunities for advanced training are available to hunters and trappers who first complete a basic hunter-trapper education class. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, other agencies, organizations, and sportsmen’s clubs offer a variety of courses that are designed to make you a more successful hunter. Some PGC courses are species-specific, such as turkey hunting. Other PGC programs will train you to use equipment including bows, muzzleloaders, traps, and cable restraints. Most of the PGC training is conducted outdoors and uses hands-on, interactive learning exercises. For more information about classes and to register online, visit

Organizations and Training Programs

  • 4-H Shooting Sports
    • Firearms training programs
  • Local sportsmen’s clubs and organizations
    • Firearms training
    • Trapping education
    • Competitive and recreational shooting programs
  • National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF)
    • Bowhunting programs
  • National Trappers Association
    • Trapping education programs
  • National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
    • Wild turkey hunting programs
    • Youth education programs
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission
    • Education
    • Hunter-Trapper Education instructor certification programs
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