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Updated August 14, 2016

This section of our site is dedicated to news and information about the Washington State Hunter Education Program.

Our 2016 class schedule has been completed.  Since much of the information will still apply to any classes we may hold in the future, scroll down for more information.  (There are also direct links to pictures of our completed classes over the past several years)

Our Hunter Education Classes are provided under the sponsorship of the Northwest Sportsman's Club and are held at the Greater Spokane Elks Lodge.

Also, thanks to the Hauser Lake Gun Club we are able to provide a field course with simulated shoot/don't shoot scenarios, and various obstacle crossings.  We also have a live fire session, shooting five rounds with 20 gauge shotguns at clay targets.

In addition to the fact that the generosity of our sponsoring organizations enables us to provide these classes free of charge, there is an added bonus opportunity for students under 18 years of age.  The Northwest Sportsman's Club purchases a number of Cabela's gift cards to be awarded to two students in each of our classes.  Every student under 18, who successfully completes the course, will be entered into a drawing at the end of our field day for one $50 gift card and one $100 gift card!

On March 1st, Ann and I made our annual trip to Cabela's in Post Falls, ID to purchase the gift cards that the Northwest Sportsman's Club provides for our classes.  We met Kristi Blaver, the new marketing manager, and renewed our acquaintance with Stephanie Harris.  As usual, Cabela's was generous in their support of our Hunter Education efforts, by donating one of the $50 gift cards while we purchased the rest.

Stephanie Harris, Me, and Kristi Blaver

For class pictures and information about our completed 2016 classes, click HERE, 2015 classes, click HERE, 2014 classes, click HERE; 2013 classes, click HERE, 2012 classes, click HERE, 2011 classes, click HERE, 2010 classes, click HERE.

Rick and I previously taught with a team at the former Sportsman's Warehouse Store at Spokane Valley Mall.  Click HERE to see pictures of graduating students from our 2007, 2008, and 2009 classes.

Click HERE to see pictures and bios of our instructors and volunteers.  (This is a work in progress and will hopefully be completed before the end of our 2016 classes)

Here is further information about our Classes at the Elks Lodge and Hauser Gun Club.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Hunter Education Program

2016 Hunter Education Class Schedule

At Greater Spokane Elks Lodge


Hauser Lake Gun Club

(Schedule will be posted in late December or early January)





Classroom Sessions

(Wed, Thurs, Fri)

Field Day/Live Fire


















Orientation and classroom sessions are held at the Greater Spokane Elks Lodge and will begin at 5:30 PM and end at 9:00 PM.  The field day and live fire will be at the Hauser Lake Gun Club and will begin at 8:00 AM and end around 11:00 AM.  Directions to the field day venue will be provided.

Classes will be limited to 20 students.

We will again plan to have drawings for a $100 and a $50 Cabela’s gift card for students under 18 years of age in each class.

REGISTRATION: WDFW's online registration system will be used for all our classes. Registration will be opened 2 weeks prior to the start date of each class.

Classes Sponsored by Northwest Sportsman’s Club

Classes Held at the Greater Spokane Elks Lodge #228


Located at 2605 North Robie Court in Spokane Valley


  For a map to our classroom location at the Elks Lodge click HERE  Please utilize the map as some turn by turn GPS navigation systems will NOT direct you to the Elks Lodge.

State Certified Instructors:  Jim Parman, Rick Parman, Chuck Porter, Jerry Barron, Steve Belknap, Michelle Flugel, Stan Flugel

Class Details:  All evening class sessions will begin at 5:30 PM and end at 9:00 PM.  On Monday, the first day of class, students will be given agendas and expectations and requirements will be explained.  Student Manuals will be handed out along with necessary forms to be completed by students.  If a student is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian is required to sign paperwork.  Students 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult during the entire class.

Class sessions and instruction resume on Wednesday.  By this session students will be expected to have read the Student Manual and reviewed the study questions for each chapter.  It is required that all study questions be completed.  Your books will be collected while you are taking the written test on Friday, and will be checked to make sure the study questions have been answered.  If you need help, see an instructor before or after class.

Field Day and Live Fire sessions begin at 8:00 AM and  will end before Noon.  Maps and directions will be provided to the field day location.

Please Note: It is imperative that students be on time each day!  Students must attend ALL scheduled hours to pass the course!

Agenda:  To see the class agenda for our past 2016 classes, click HERE

Class Fees:  There is no fee for these classes.  They are absolutely free!

Communication:  Communication between students and instructors will be by email, so be sure to provide an email address that will reach you in the event of schedule changes or unforeseen circumstances.  You will receive a reminder a few days before your class.  Please respond right away if you find you cannot attend so the spot can be filled by someone else.

Important:  if you are under 18 years of age, be sure to download the parent consent form, print it, have it signed by a parent or guardian and bring it to the first evening of class.

To view other classes available statewide for online registration, go to:


Click on Washington State, click on Classroom Course, then scroll through the schedule to find classes you may be interested in.  Click on the class you want and follow the directions to register.

Sponsors:  The Department of Fish and Wildlife furnishes manuals and test booklets.  Other supplies, ammunition, equipment, and class materials are provided by the Northwest Sportsman's Club, Volunteers, and Certified Instructors.  Classroom provided by the Greater Spokane Elks Lodge #228.  Field Course and Live Fire venue provided by Hauser Lake Gun Club.


Email Jim Parman at:


The State of Washington requires that all prospective hunters, born on or after January 1, 1972, successfully complete an approved Hunter Education course before they can purchase a hunting license.  As you would expect, the demand for these classes is very high, and more instructors are always needed.

Instructors are volunteers, and work under the auspices of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Even though instructors are in 'unpaid' status, they are afforded liability protection the same as regular, paid employees of the State.

If you have an interest in becoming an Instructor, email Jim Parman via the above link.

Even if becoming a certified instructor is not something you want to pursue at this time, additional help is always appreciated.  Parents, grandparents, etc. are welcome to attend the classes and are encouraged to assist the instructors if they so desire and have pertinent knowledge and skills to contribute.

Washington is reciprocal with other States and Canadian Provinces, so that our Hunter Education cards are honored in those states, and vice versa.  If you plan to hunt in another state or province, it is wise to check well ahead of time as some require Hunter Education no matter your age or birth date.