How you can get started in hunting as an adult

Adult HuntingRAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Conservation Officer Chris Dekker has detailed many different hunting rifles and shotguns. Not everyone grows up hunting, but it’s never too late to get started.

 Hunting 101

This is a free course for teaching adults, young adults and families how to hunt. Participants learn to purchase proper tags, understand what land they can and can’t use for hunting, learn how to use hunting gear and even process a doe.

“You can take somebody who has got a little experience, no experience at all, or someone who maybe hasn’t done it for 30 years and wants to get back into it,” explains Officer Dekker. “We can take them from where they are and we can teach them how to be a safe, smart and effective hunter and outdoors person.”

How much is it?

Totally free! All of the programs at outdoor campus are.

We’re there to provide a service for the people in the state of South Dakota so they can learn, they can use these resources we have, because we are blessed to live in a state with a lot of natural resources and we want everyone out there using it,” Officer Dekker continues. “So if someone comes in to us, whether it’s hunting or fishing, if they want to learn something, we will teach them, and it’s not going to cost them anything.”

Why take classes, even if you have already gone hunting?

Classes at the Outdoor Campus are catered to all experience levels. Officer Dekker adds that friends and family can be fantastic teachers, but learning opportunities are endless in the hunting sport.

I learned from family growing up and I was blessed to have an amazing family that taught me the right way to do things. That’s not always the case- when I’m teaching people, I say, ‘You know what? Just because mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, best friend says this is the way it is, that’s not always true.’ So it’s up to that person to make sure they’re doing things the right way.”

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