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Gilpin Rifles, Inc. offers Hunter-Trapper Education courses throughout the year.  These courses are open to the public for anyone interested in taking them.  Who needs to take this course and why?  By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete this training program before they can buy a license.  A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America is awarded at the end of the course.  You must be at least 11 years old to enroll in a class.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.  The training is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants.  The results of this program are remarkable.  Since 1959, hunting-related shooting incidents have declined by more than 80-percent.  Hunting is safe and getting safer, thanks to hunter education!  What does the course include?  The training is conducted using two formats; traditional classes spanning two or more days with at least 10 hours of study or independent study for students preferring to study on-line.  These students must attend a 2-3 hour class in addition to the on-line study. 


The course includes these subjects and more:

• Responsible hunting behavior

• Knowing your firearm equipment

• Wildlife conservation and management

• Outdoor safety

• Basic and advanced hunting techniques

• Trapping and furtaking basics

• Basic shooting and safe hunting skills

• Expanding your opportunities to be certified, you must pass a test at the end of the class.


How do I enroll?  Courses are conducted statewide with the Wildlife Conservation Officers coordinating the training.  To enroll in a course at Gilpin Rifles, Inc., register on-line using the “Register Now” button to be directed to the registration page.  Follow these instructions to register:

-Click the “Use a Zipcode” button and enter 15656 in the Zipcode field.  To reduce the number of results, use the “Miles away” drop down menu to change the results to within 10 miles.

-Scroll down the list until you find a course offered at the Gilpin Rifle, Inc. location and click “View Event”.

-Once the event information page opens, you can register by clicking “Register Now”.

-Fill out the on-line form and follow the directions. 


Classes fill up quickly, so register early.  Hunter-Trapper education is fun, it’s effective, and it’s waiting for you... So register today!

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