Hunter Safety Course: Everything You Need To Know

Before embarking on your hunt, did you know you must complete a hunter safety course? Every seasoned hunter has done this.

Hunting is one of the most thrilling and challenging sports out there. It requires skill, patience, and dedication. But it also can be one of the most dangerous sports if not done with caution and responsibility. To ensure everyone’s safety, all hunters must complete a hunter safety course before their first hunt. 

Learn more about this type of course below.

Everything You Need to Know About the Hunter Safety Course

Before you can obtain your license, you must complete a hunter safety course. This course is essential to all hunters because it can save a life. It gives you all the knowledge and tools you’ll need for a safe hunt, which is the number one priority. If you are new to hunting, you may have numerous questions surrounding the safety course, and we’re here to answer them all:

Do All States Require a Hunter Safety Course? 

Yes, hunters from all states must have a hunter education certificate before purchasing a license from their resident state.

What Are the Age Requirements for the Hunter Safety Course?

There is no minimum age for those wanting to take this course. However, younger students may need a parent or guardian to accompany them, though the tests will be taken alone. Utah law requires individuals born after December 31, 1965 wanting to buy a Utah hunting license to show proof of completion of the course.

How Do I Enroll in a Course?

Enrolling in a hunter education course in Utah is simple! First, you’ll choose the course you want to take from the Hunter Education home page and follow the instructions until you reach the course schedule page. You must buy a registration certificate before attending your course, which costs $10, while the bowhunter and furharvester education registration certificates cost $6 each. This can be done online, at a DWR office, or through a license agent.

Can I Transfer an Out-of-State Certificate of Completion Card to Utah?

Yes. Utah residents that have taken a hunter education class in a different state need to obtain a transfer blue card. To transfer your out-of-state certificate, you need to provide proof of your certificate and fill out a transfer affidavit form. After you’ve completed the form, you can take it to a DWR office to complete the process.

What is the History of the Hunter Safety Course?

Hunter safety courses are in place to save lives and prevent accidents. Utah’s program started in 1957 after experiencing 126 hunting-related accidents that year. Of those 126 accidents, 22 of them were fatal, which is an intolerable accident rate. First, the program was voluntary, but three years later, it became mandatory. 

For nearly 30 years, residents under 21 wanting to buy a hunting license were required to complete this course. But in 1987, the law was changed to require anyone born after December 31, 1965, resident or not, to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a license. Since 1996, Utah has averaged fewer than seven hunting accidents per year, which means this law works. During this time, there have only been seven fatal hunting firearm-related accidents.

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By completing the hunter safety course, you can help save lives and prevent accidents during your hunt. 

Put your knowledge into practice and book your next hunt with R & K Hunting Company. We offer hunters an unforgettable hunting experience in Utah and Wyoming that will bring you back season after season. Contact us for more information today.

Book Your Hunting Trip with R & K Hunting Company

With so many options and locations out there, booking your hunting trip can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re newer to the scene.

However, it doesn’t have to, thanks to R & K Hunting Company. R & K Hunting Company is different because we are built on years of outfitting experience, wildlife science, and thoughtful and careful business planning. With some of the best hunting grounds in the Western United States, we are dedicated to sustaining prime wildlife habitats, producing abundant, healthy games, and providing an exciting and fair chase hunt. Because of this philosophy, our hunting groups are small and give the hunters an exceptional opportunity to harvest impressive animals.

Continue reading to learn more about the various hunting opportunities with R & K Hunting Company below.

The Best Places to Hunt

QUEEN MOUNTAIN RANCH — For a lavish hunting adventure, check out Queen Mountain Ranch that features more than 8,000 square feet of luxurious living space and 100 square miles of mountain wilderness that is teeming with impressive trophy game. The Queen Mountain Ranch boasts 11 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three great rooms, and many other amenities, including chef-cooked meals and spectacular views from the hot tub. This memorable stay is about two hours from the Salt Lake City International Airport and only a 30-minute drive from Park City.

SOUTH FORK LODGE — In a short 50-minute drive from the SLC International Airport, you’ll find the rustic seven-bedroom, six-bathroom South Fork Lodge. This property is perfect for year-round use, but this lodge is a favorite among trophy hunters hosted by the pros at R & K Hunting Company in the late summer and fall. In addition to spectacular views and unforgettable hunting, you can enjoy a privately stocked fishing pond and a bubbling stream. You’ll love the comfortable accommodations, including a 12-person hot tub, horses and stables, shooting range, and more when you stay at the South Fork Lodge.

CENTRAL UTAH RANCH — As the name suggests, this ranch is located in the rugged wilderness of Central Utah. This canvas wall tent camp is 25 miles from Price, UT, and 2.5 hours from the Salt Lake City International Airport. This camp features eight tents, a cooking trailer, a dining tent, and a refrigerator unit for your harvested game. Each tent is outfitted with power, lights, cots with mattresses, and a nearby bathroom complete with showers. At this ranch, you can enjoy comfort and proximity to nature with real, home-cooked meals. An impressive number of trophy animals have been taken out of this area in Utah, including Boone and Crockett heads.

THE MORGAN LODGE — The Morgan Lodge, found in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, features numerous hunting lodges and camps. The main facility boasts a kitchen, two bedrooms, three bedrooms (with six showers), and a great room complete with a TV, couches, and tables. The outbuildings are smaller heated cabins outfitted with two bunk beds under the beautiful shade of the cottonwood trees. The R & K guides can individualize your hunting experience at the Morgan Lodge for those with special needs or minimal foot travel to rigorous vertical hunts.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Deciding on and booking your next hunting trip has never been easier, thanks to the excellent professionals at R & K Hunting Company. Let our knowledgeable and experienced staff give you an experience you’ll never forget in Utah and Wyoming! Contact R & K Hunting Company today and find out why over 90% of our clients come back season after season.

How To Store Your Hunting Gear In The Off-Season

As your season comes to a close, it’s important to store your hunting gear correctly until next year.

We mentioned in a previous post how wise it is to take advantage of the off-season and we stand by that statement. But we also want to make sure you all know that keeping your hunting equipment and gear in shape is just as important as keeping your body in physical shape. The state of your equipment can make or break your hunting season. Thankfully, we’re here to give you all the insider tips on storing your equipment until next year.

Continue reading to learn more.

Tips for Storing Your Hunting Gear for the Off-Season

Clean Your Firearms — It is important to dedicate time to break down your guns and clean all of the working parts and barrels. Make sure to remove any fouling and look for any problem areas that might need attention from a gunsmith.

Wash Your Clothes — There’s one thing that for sure, and that’s that your clothes and other cloth items will get dirty and stinky throughout your hunt. Don’t reach for your favorite household detergent and fabric softener, though. Make sure to use a scent-free detergent or baking soda to remove the stench of your hunt.

Allow Your Gear to Thoroughly Dry — After you’ve washed your clothing, backpack, and other gear with scent-free detergent, make sure it has plenty of time to completely dry. Storing your products wet can encourage mold growth. Not only is this smelly to you, but also to the animals you’ll be hunting next season. Once they are dry, turn them inside-out and store in a dark place to avoid fading.

Make a List — As you put away your hunting gear and equipment for the season, you may come up with a shopping or wish list of things you want or need. Be sure to make a list of any items you need to replenish, replace, or things that you would like to add to your arsenal. Now is a much better time to take care of these matters than at the start of next season.

Preserve Your Batteries — Make sure to remove batteries in your gear that uses them, such as your GPS or rangefinder. While turning off your devices will help maintain battery life, the best way to preserve the life of your batteries is to remove them entirely and store them in a cool, dry place until next season.

Keep Your Gear Accessible — Of course, storing your gear in the off-season is necessary, but you may want to avoid storing them deep in your garage and keep it somewhat accessible. Chances are, you’ll want to take your gear for a practice spin or two or try out your scope, binoculars, and rangefinder while you scout. Keeping your equipment accessible will allow you to take full advantage of the off-season however you can.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Properly store your hunting gear for a better season next year. Get ready for your next hunt with the skilled and experienced guides and outfitters at R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable professionals will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime Rocky Mountain hunting adventure — one you will never forget! Explore the scenic hills and majestic wildlife that Utah and Wyoming have to offer. Booking your next hunt has never been so easy because our helpful staff will take on the hassle of obtaining applications and permits for you. Call R & K Hunting Company to book your exciting hunt today!