Hunter education class coming to NWT high schools

Isaac Mantla, 24, was out hunting with his grandfather Cowboy Joe Mantla and harvested a young caribou in March 2021. The harvest was done legally outside of the Bathurst no-hunting zone. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB)

High school students will now be able to get credits for learning to hunt.

The territorial government says the hunter education course will “provide new hunters with the fundamental knowledge and basic skills needed for them to become respectful and safe hunters.”

The course will be offered to Grade 10 students.

They will be taught safety skills, wildlife ecology and management, traditional harvesting practices and given an overview of the Wildlife Act.

The goal of the program is to reduce wastage, increase awareness of respect of the land, and increase hunter safety.

All schools will have the opportunity to participate in the pilot of the hunter education course starting in January.

After that, the course will be available in all schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.