THE MISSION OF THE MONTANA HUNTER ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE ADVANCED HUNTER EDUCATION THAT INCREASES HUNTER COMPETENCE, ETHICAL HUNTING BEHAVIOR, PRIVATE LAND ACCESS AND A KNOWLEDGE OF AGRICULTURE AND STEWARDSHIP.
The Montana Hunter Advancement Program (MHAP) is a 50-hour course which includes classroom instruction, online instruction, and field work.
The program offers skills mastery combined with conservation and stewardship education, and specialized ballistics and marksmanship training. Instructors include ranchers, farmers, landowners, university faculty, professional shooting instructors, wildlife managers, wildlife biologists, first aid personnel, as well as back country survival and equipment experts. Each curriculum element includes either written, oral or field tests that assess student competence. The cost of the program is $200* per participant and need-based scholarships are available upon request. Each participant has the opportunity to become a certified “Master Hunter”, and will receive a Montana Master Hunter Certificate upon successful completion of the course that is valid for five years. Continuing education and certificate renewal will be available through additional in-person and online coursework, and testing.
The MHAP is directed at improving the connection and cooperation between hunters, private land owners, and game managers.
Certified Master Hunters will understand how their hunting activities and behaviors impact Montana farmers and ranchers. Hunters who successfully complete this course will be allowed managed hunting access to our partner farms and ranches, and deepened knowledge and skillset that will make them more competent, successful hunters.
The program increases hunter competencies in the following critical area, among others:
Conservation history and ethics
Wildlife biology and habitat
Farm and ranch management
After the kill
*Each participant is receiving a course valued at $2,600.