Mentors provide support and practical advice, and help beginners build confidence throughout their hunting journey.

Recent surveys show the public’s approval rate for hunting is the highest it has ever been. That means there are likely new potential hunters who are ready to learn, but might not know where to start. The hunting community needs to empower each other, welcome new hunters, and strive to bring new participants into the hunting community.

Mentor Guide

It’s important to remember that hunting is available to everyone, but it’s an individual’s choice to actively participate. Teaching someone the skills to hunt can seem overwhelming, but a mentor doesn’t have to be an expert. Educating others about the benefits of hunting and the contributions hunting provides to conservation is important to share. The more knowledge and understanding people have about hunting, the more relatable hunters can be.

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Field to Fork Guide

Field to Fork programs welcome newcomers to hunting, while teaching them valuable hunting skills with training and mentors. The programs provide social support and build the participants’ confidence as they learn how to source their own meat. The programs also help participants see the connection between hunting and sustainable organic foods. In addition, the programs help recruit and retain hunters, and expand the shooting community.

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Case Studies

Case studies are used to highlight successful mentoring programs. Each program uses unique ways to assist a new hunter along their pathway. There are many successful programs aimed toward creating new hunters.

For information about case studies, contact:

Josh Gold
Senior Manager of R3 and State Relations
(866) 266-2776 Ext 107

Email Josh

Board Game

The White's Tale is an entertaining board game that challenges players to become creatures of the woods and survive the wild. The White's Tale is part of Explore Bowhunting, a curriculum that helps educators and program leaders teach bowhunting's basic skills.

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Mentor Programs

For information about ATA Mentor Programs, contact:

Josh Gold
Senior Manager of R3 and State Relations
(866) 266-2776 Ext 107

Email Josh

Additional Resources

Organized programs might be available for mentors and new hunters in your area. Check with state fish and wildlife agencies, local conservation organizations, or other outdoor groups in your community to get involved.

For information on the North American Model of Conservation, Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program, hunting federally and by state, visit USFWS.

Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports

For mentoring programs with firearms:
Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation

National Shooting Sports Foundation

For mentoring programs with firearms:
LetsGoHunting Program

+One Movement

For mentoring programs with firearms:
+One Movement

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