ADA conducts hunter education courses which have a strong emphasis on responsible, safe and ethical hunting as well as animal welfare, conservation and wildlife management. We believe these programs to be of a high standard and of considerable value. They are considered to be of such significance that deer hunting authorities from overseas have been attendees, and have taken the concept back for application in their own countries. Officers from various Government departments often act as guest speakers (Police, National Parks, Ambulance, Forestry etc).
Deer hunting is a very specialised and demanding recreation. To be successful, a great deal of expertise is required not only in understanding the deer and their environment but also in the safe and practical use of firearms. Deer hunting in Australia has had a very low incidence of firearms related injuries, mainly because deerhunters are very experienced in the safe use of their rifles. It is most important that this good record remains. If deerhunters injure themselves, then the general public may become concerned that they may injure other bush users, thereby jeopardising deer hunting on public land. It is for this reason that the ADA places great emphasis on training and hunter education.
Branches run hunter education nights and weekend training trips. State Executive working groups organise sophisticated live-in hunter education courses and the National Executive sponsors useful publications. At a more personal level, peer group pressure is applied to any hunter whose actions are suspect.
The 2019 Queensland and NSW hunter education courses are currently being planned and links will be posted here when bookings are open. The Victorian course is to be held from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May. Details and bookings here.