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 three years.  Continuing education and certificate renewal will be available through additional in-person and online coursework.  


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 (Click here for the Curriculum by Subject):

Conservation history and ethics
Wildlife biology and habitat
Farm and ranch management
Landowner/sportsmen relations
Hunting skills
Shooting competencies
Pre-hunt planning
After the kill

*Each participant is receiving a course valued at $1,600.

Continuing Education and Re-certification

Upon successful graduation, Master Hunters will receive a certification that is valid for three years. Beginning in 2020 we will begin offering Continuing Education Programs including service day opportunities, workshops, and online programming. Graduates will be required to complete thirty hours of continuing education hours within three years of their graduation. More information will be coming soon.

 
 
 

 
Though most hunters in Montana are good stewards and responsible hunters, concern over ethics is something we hear every year from both landowners and hunters alike. The Montana Hunter Advancement Program is an innovative solution to improve hunter ethics, while also creatively looking at new access opportunities.
— Martha Williams, Director of Fish, Wildlife and Parks