NRA & First Hunt Foundation: New Free "ABCs of Outdoor Mentorship" Course

Your commitment is instrumental in building a sustainable and ethical community of outdoor enthusiasts!

posted on May 2, 2024
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The First Hunt Foundation is thrilled to announce, in collaboration with the NRA Hunter's Leadership Forum, a new online course titled The ABCs of Outdoor MentorshipThis free course was developed to serve as a bridge between the ancestral traditions of hunting and the aspiring hunters of tomorrow. By fostering a network of informed and reliable mentors, this initiative promises to usher in a new era of leaders characterized by enthusiasm, stewardship and a deep respect for our shared heritage.

Structured around four key modules — Act Relational, Be Intentional, Create Community and Develop Enthusiasm — the course empowers experienced hunters with the opportunity to make a significant impact by guiding newcomers through the rewarding journey of hunting. It transcends traditional instruction, allowing viewers to become stewards of growth, tradition and conservation in the hunting world.

“It is great having this course finally available to agencies, NGO’s and individuals wanting to learn how to be a better mentor,” says Rick Brazell, President of First Hunt Foundation. “First Hunt Foundation would like to thank the numerous state fish and game agencies who provided input early on in the content and design of the course as well as the great folks at Alllencomm who had the arduous task of organizing the information in a course that is not only educational, but engaging to take,” Brazell added.

Peter Churchborne, Head of the NRA Hunter's Leadership Forum, emphasizes the profound importance of the mentorship role, stating, "By becoming an outdoor mentor and sharing your wisdom through this course, you're not just teaching hunting; you're ensuring the continuation of our invaluable role in conservation and the nurturing of healthy ecosystems. Your commitment is instrumental in building a sustainable and ethical community of outdoor enthusiasts. We are deeply grateful for your participation."

The First Hunt Foundation invites all who hold hunting close to their hearts and are keen to contribute to the conservation legacy to join this innovative program. Initially available to state fish and game agencies and existing mentors, the course is poised for a broader public launch, aiming to enrich the mentorship experience within the hunting community.

For more information about "The ABCs of Outdoor Mentorship" and to discover how you can play a part in this exciting venture, please visit


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