State Hunter Apprentice Program

Know a Kid Who Wants a Good Start In Hunting?

Enroll them in SCI’s State Hunter Apprentice Program!


State Hunter Apprentice Program

Sponsored by Safari Club International

SE Michigan Bowhunters Chapter & Detroit Chapter

“A great way to get young hunters started in the right direction in all phases of hunting.”

The State Hunter Apprentice Program is a 3-day youth camp sponsored by local chapters of Safari Club International for boys and girls ages 11 to 15. In the period of a long weekend, kids can earn both their Michigan DNR Hunter Safety Certificate and International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) Certificate.

This program teaches youths about hunter responsibility, sportsmanship, modern wildlife conservation, how to identify game, familiarity with Michigan’s hunting rules and regulations, and most importantly, how to hunt and use firearms safely and responsibly. This course is mandatory for all first time Michigan hunters born after 1960, and is mandatory in most other states and provinces.

This program instructs new hunters in such subjects as hunting ethics, safety, first aid, game scouting, stand and blind placement, proper shot placement, game recovery, bow tuning, and how to present a good image to non-hunters. This is an internationally recognized program that teaches how to hunt properly and is mandatory in many other states.


While some portions of the training are taught in a classroom setting, many are taught “hands-on” out in the field. Students will get to handle real firearms (unloaded), experience treestands & blinds, take up a simulated blood trail, navigate a compass course, and hone their skills on the pellet gun and 3-D archery ranges with experienced instructors.


Outside of the formal programs, other activities are available for the kids. Recreation time includes swimming, Frisbee, archery, pellet gun range, video shooting simulator, Froggy’s snack bar, or just plain relaxing. Special evening programs may include guest speakers from local law enforcement, wildlife experts with live animals, or a deer-viewing hayride. Each night is capped off with a good old-fashioned campfire including stories, skits and songs.

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