Northwest Hunt Fest

Friday, 10 May 2024 12:00 PM - Saturday, 11 May 2024 8:00 PM PDT

4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 83815, United States

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General Admission - Includes admission to both Friday and Saturday events Partial Approval - $30.00

Sale ends on 05/11/2024

Trophy Registration (Free service to paid attendees) Partial Approval - Free

Sale ends on 05/11/2024

One of the main features of the annual Northwest Hunt Fest is Trophy Country. This event creates a space where local hunters can share their hunting adventure Trophies with friends, family, and the community. Trophy Country entrants bring in their big game trophies and more for viewing. Official Measures with Boone & Crockette, Pope & Young, Long Hunter Society and Safari Club International, take measurements for each trophy to assign a Boone & Crockett official scores. We welcome most entries and all legal hunting methods used.

Elk Calling Contest - Now Free with Cash Prizes! Partial Approval - Free

Sale ends on 05/11/2024

Registration Closes Friday May 10th at the End of the First Nights Show (7:00PM) or when a total of 50 competitors are reached. (All Divisions total 50 competitors) Competition will start with the Pee Wee group first (< 9), youth group second (<13), teen group third (<18), and women group third, ending with the men’s group. Competition will begin with the Pee Wee Group (<9) May 11th at 4:15PM after all the rules are read and competitors are checked in. All competitors need to be at this meeting and be checked in and given the order in which they will compete at that time. Each group will follow immediately after the previous group before them. Late contestants may be scratched if they are unavailable. Contestants will be read and shown all criteria that they can and will be scored from before the beginning of the contest during the rules meeting / check-in. All names will be placed on paper and put into a hat for competition order. This will be done before the comp

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Friday, 10 May 2024 12:00 PM - Saturday, 11 May 2024 8:00 PM PDT

Kootenai County Fairgrounds (North Idaho Fairgrounds), 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 83815, United States.

The premier hunting education event of the Northwest

The Northwest Hunt Fest is a non-profit event. All proceeds support youth archery and young hunter programs, aiming to pass along the traditions of ethical hunting and conservation to the next generation.

This event is sponsored by the Marcus Anderson Family Foundation in partnership with Idaho Fish & Game and North Idaho Archery. It is entirely organized by our dedicated volunteer leadership and planning team.

Your support of this event will enable us to continue our mission and commitment to providing excellent hunter education for years to come. Please share this event with your friends, family, and coworkers!

Kids and youth under 17 are free! 

All attendees are entered to win the Grand Prize hunting and fishing giveaway by Hells Canyon Sport Fishing. You must be present to win.
See the website for prize details.

Refund Policy: As this is a non-profit event, we are unable to offer refunds. However, you may transfer your tickets to another hunter through EventZilla. Thank you for supporting the mission of Northwest Hunt Fest.

Northwest Hunt Fest

Joe McCarthy
Instructor
Slayer Elk Calls

4th Generation Idaho Native, Joe is a Retired 30 year Idaho law enforcement officer. While growing up, Joe’s father worked and retired as a hunting and fishing Outfitter working both in Idaho and Oregon. Joe and his brother Jim followed in those footsteps guiding hunters and fishermen in Idaho. Joe has hunted elk in Idaho since his football career ended on the blue turf at Boise State. He has hunted exclusively with a bow since 1988 and is often seen with his hunting partner and wife, Shellie. Joe has competed in elk bugling competitions, winning several, and landing in the top 5 the last 2 years at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations World Championships in the Professional Division. His son, Cody, also competes in the professional division and won in that division in 2021. Recently, Joe’s greatest joy hunting is being apart of Outfitters for Hope and Corey Jacobsen’s Elk camp taking young hunters who have overcome extreme adversity elk hunting. Joe currently works with his son, Cody, in product innovation and production for Slayer Game Calls based out of Eagle, Idaho.

https://www.slayercalls.com/shop/big-game/elk-calls/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwtqmwBhBVEiwAL-WAYZECueoR5wZmR0DqNq--lfU9p_j4Hv7UvO5WRxiJaaLllAWbyRYHzBoCbqMQAvD_BwE

About Joe McCarthy

Instructor
Slayer Elk Calls
Tom Schneider
Instructor
Don't get stuck in the rut

I have had an obsession with learning about wildlife even long before I was of age to hunt. When I finally hit the legal age to hunt in Idaho, I didn't waste any time and knocked down my first bull elk, and have been hooked ever since. The years of knowledge from my dad and his friends hunting and bugling bulls got passed down to myself and my other siblings, giving us an edge early in our teenage years. With that knowledge and our family's history in adapting to changing environments, time and time again, I continue to harvest big bulls on public land with Over the Counter tags in regions that don't have the "Big Bull" reputation. I am now 34 years of age and have taken 23 bulls total out of the backcountry, and I have called in multiple elk for my family and friends. With this knowledge, I want to share it with those who have a strong desire and passion to have consistent success, and pull more elk off the mountain every year."

https://www.stuckntherutmuledeermasterclass.com/us

About Tom Schneider

Instructor
Don't get stuck in the rut
Jake Kremer
Instructor
Whitetail 101

Jake is a native-born Idaho resident; he has been chasing whitetails for the last 20 years in the mountains of Idaho. Jake has harvested 10 whitetails over 130 inches with modern firearms. Since retiring his rifle he has harvested 5 Pope and Young whitetails with his bow, the largest of which being in the top 10 whitetails of all time with a bow in the state of Idaho. I

https://www.northidahoarchery208.com/

About Jake Kremer

Instructor
Whitetail 101
Wilson McSwain
Instructor
Turkey Hunting 101

Wilson has been successfully chasing turkeys all over the country for the past decade. His love for the Wild Turkey keeps him in the woods as much as possible. From big East Coast Eastern Turkeys to mountain Merriam’s Wilson loves it all.

About Wilson McSwain

Instructor
Turkey Hunting 101
Bruce McGlenn
Instructor
A holistic approach to beginning and expanding your hunting journey

Founder and lead instructor of Human Nature Hunting, Bruce McGlenn has nearly 40 years of bird and big game hunting experience in the Pacific Northwest. Passed down from his father, hunting has been a way of life for Bruce from the beginning. He sees as much importance in the experiences and personal growth gained from hunting as he does a source of healthy food and connection to nature. A third-generation hunter/gatherer of the Northwest, Bruce has been helping people reclaim their hunting heritage since the 1990’s, officially with the Awaken the Hunter course since 2016. He has been teaching introductory hunting and shooting classes with the non-profit Washington Outdoor Women since 2001 and has guided fly fishing and whitewater rafting. He is a certified Master Hunter and shooting instructor, holds a Master’s degree in sustainable business and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington. Bruce is a committed steward of the land and wildlife, primarily due to his understanding and appreciation of our ecosystem from engaging in it as a participant - a hunter. His desire to help heal and strengthen the human connection to nature is what inspires him to teach and pass on his skills so others can experience the journey of the hunt with confidence.

https://www.humannaturehunting.com/#introduction

About Bruce McGlenn

Instructor
A holistic approach to beginning and expanding your hunting journey
Everett Headley
Instructor
HOWL for Wildlife

Raised outdoors in Montana, Everett has an undeniable passion for all things hunting (and angling) and helping others discover those same experiences. His pursuits span the spectrum upland to big game, archery to muzzleloading. When he isn’t in the mountains, Everett is involved in state conservation ]with Montana FWP as a council member working on education, access, and landowner-sportsman dynamics. He enjoys waterfowling with his Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Cane, and flying his peregrine falcon, Freyja. For the past several years he has spent his time creating and teaching hunter education programs as well as being a frequent guest on podcasts, workshops, and events with a focus on hunting ethics. You can find more of his work on his website or Instagram.

https://www.everettheadley.com/

About Everett Headley

Instructor
HOWL for Wildlife
Blake Abbott
Instructor
Sharing the Outdoors - First Hunt Foundation

Blake grew up in a multi-generational hunting family that kicked off the season dove hunting every year as a family. He completed hunters' education at a young age and was mentored by his father on harvesting and proper cleaning by age 10. He continued to hunt throughout his childhood and into his adult life. In his 20's, he became confident enough in his own abilities to begin unofficially mentoring other hunters, with the emphasis on respecting the harvest through proper preparation, harvesting and processing. In November 2022 Blake accepted the FHF Treasure Valley Chapter President role and in July 2023 he accepted the responsibility of the Idaho State Director. Blake's passion for sharing the outdoors with others continues through the mindset of preserving the heritage of conservation and aiding people in ethical knowledge of game and game preservation.

https://firsthuntfoundation.org/find-a-mentor/

About Blake Abbott

Instructor
Sharing the Outdoors - First Hunt Foundation
Idaho Fish & Game
Instructor
Idaho Fish & Game

https://idfg.idaho.gov/office/panhandle

About Idaho Fish & Game

Instructor
Idaho Fish & Game
Sarah McGlenn
Instructor
For Women Only - Awaken Your Inner Artemis: Becoming a Wise Huntress

Sarah McGlenn is a midwife, mother and former vegetarian turned hunter. Together, she and her husband Bruce run Human Nature Hunting School (www.humannaturehunting.com IG: @humannaturehunting), where they help people connect more deeply with nature and gain the skills and confidence to experience the journey of the hunt. Sarah also offers holistic guidance for preconception, pregnancy and birth and helps women become the wise mothers they want to be through her online midwifery practice, Human Nature Birthing (www.humannaturebirthing.com IG: @humannaturebirthing). She and her family live in a cozy log cabin in Northeast Washington.

https://www.humannaturehunting.com/#introduction

About Sarah McGlenn

Instructor
For Women Only - Awaken Your Inner Artemis: Becoming a Wise Huntress
Trevor Austin
Instructor
Pacific Custom Calls

Pacific Calls ?was founded in 2011 in Spokane, Washington by Alex Yerges and Trevor Austin. An American dream story, two guys in a backyard shed started hand turning duck calls. As time moved on they upgraded to a two-car garage, a small office, a manufacturing shop, and now today, a huge stand alone building in Post Falls, Idaho. We manufacture everything 100% in house with 100% American sourced materials. Proudly built right here in the PNW

https://pacificcustomcalls.com/pages/our-story

About Trevor Austin

Instructor
Pacific Custom Calls
North Idaho Archery
Facilitator
Archery Shoot Organizer

https://www.northidahoarchery208.com/

About North Idaho Archery

Facilitator
Archery Shoot Organizer
Chris Jones
Instructor
Backcountry Medical for Hunters

Chris is a full-time Firefighter/paramedic in Spokane County and Co-owner and lead instructor for Response Ready Medical®. Chris started working in the fire service straight out of high school for the past 17 years. Chris has been working on wildland crews since his first summer out of high school and has vast experience in remote environments working as a line medic and off a REMS unit providing rapid EMS care and extraction for crews including utilizing helicopters. Chris has been a paramedic for 13 years, started out on an ambulance and now works as a paramedic for the fire dept. Chris works off a ladder truck for his fire dept and is on the Tech Rescue Team which provides rope rescue, confined space, building collapse, search, trench, and machine entanglements. Chris runs the county Rescue Task Force team which trains with the Spokane County Sheriff Office and provides Tactically trained paramedics for SWAT call outs and large-scale active shooter events. Through Response Ready Medical® Chris works with schools, businesses, large public spaces, and churches to provide risk assessments to better prepare public spaces for active threats. All of Response Ready Medicals instructors are full time paramedics or law enforcement. They provide active threat training, Bleeding Control, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Back Country Medicine. Lastly Chris works to provide Bleeding control kits and wall mounts to public spaces, schools, and public spaces.

https://responsereadymedical.com/

About Chris Jones

Instructor
Backcountry Medical for Hunters
TJ Greaney
Instructor
Why our grandkids won’t be able to hunt, unless…

TJ is an award-winning outdoor adventure writer, radio show/podcast host, and past President of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He published a Texas lifestyle magazine with his wife Sandra for more than 25 years from their former home in Austin, Texas. TJ is an avid deer, turkey, elk hunter and hiker. If you ask TJ his passions he would tell you. Jesus Christ, his family, the ministry of KOZ, writing, coffee, bacon, and the cool air of the mountains. He is involved daily working with KOZ leaders, creating materials, fundraising, and mentoring.TJ & Sandra have three adult children with top-shelf spouses and a heard of amazing grandkids, They live on a small hobby farm in Smithville, Texas and loving the country lifestyle!

https://www.kidsoutdoorzone.com/

About TJ Greaney

Instructor
Why our grandkids won’t be able to hunt, unless…
Northwest Hunt Fest
Special Guest
To Be Announced

https://northwesthuntfest.com/

About Northwest Hunt Fest

Special Guest
To Be Announced
Chris King
Instructor
Field dressing & Gear Up for Success

Chris discovered hunting on his search to secure the highest quality food on the planet. Little did he know he had stumbled across something that combined all of his passions - nature, backpacking, shooting, food, adventure, spirituality - into one incredible pursuit. Chris experiences hunting as a way of life where one can find meaning, personal growth and a deep connection to the natural world. Chris found hunting later in life. He did not grow up in a hunting culture or with mentors. He learned the hard way through intense study and lessons learned in the field. After a decade he feels grateful to have the skills necessary to consistently provide wild food for his family. The only thing that makes Chris happier than hunting himself is sharing these life changing skills with others and shortening their own learning curve. He is a passionate teacher and speaker. Chris has a true gift for distilling complex subjects into bite sized pieces of actionable information.

https://wildmeatretreat.com/pages/team

About Chris King

Instructor
Field dressing & Gear Up for Success
Penny Burciaga
Master of Ceremonies - Founder & Executive Director
Northwest Hunt Fest

Penny was born and raised in North Idaho, growing up in a family that lived off the land, hunting all their meat from the mountains she called home. Just two short years ago, a close friend introduced her to archery and took her elk hunting. Life was never the same after that. Penny discovered a love for chasing elk and whitetail through the mountains, and she embraced the endless pursuit of becoming the best hunter she could be, aiming to help others do the same. An educator at heart, Penny started Northwest Hunt Fest to live out her passion for hunting and to pass along hunter education to the next generation. Her vision for Northwest Hunt Fest is to see it grow into the premier hunting education festival in the US, serving thousands of hunters each year with the finest in hunter education.

https://northwesthuntfest.com/

About Penny Burciaga

Master of Ceremonies - Founder & Executive Director
Northwest Hunt Fest
Sunny Aundrea Freeman
Instructor
Sunny Skies Retrievers

Sunny Skies Retrievers is located in the gem state in lovely Lenore, Idaho. Sunny Skies is a small kennel that is veteran-owned and operated. Sunny Skies' goal is to promote a great partnership with you and your hunting buddy/ family member. To do this we build the confidence of the animal by teaching the skills to be successful and continue reinforcing throughout the learning process. Once your dog has been trained, we like to train the owner as well, so that they know how to handle their team to the best of their ability. For us it’s all about the dogs and bringing out the best in them so they perform the tasks asked of them. Whether that is to be successful in hunt tests or being steady and quiet while the ducks come into your favorite hunting blind. Let's get it done!

https://sunnyskiesretrievers.com/

About Sunny Aundrea Freeman

Instructor
Sunny Skies Retrievers
Kate Small
Instructor
Western Wolf Academy

Kate Small, Co-founder of the Western Wolf Academy and former board member of the Foundation for Wildlife Management, brings a diverse background to the table, having worked as a registered nurse in Emergency Medicine and Neuroscience, as well as being an avid big game hunter with a specific focus on wolf management through hunting and trapping.

https://lychee-olive-4nx9.squarespace.com/wolf

About Kate Small

Instructor
Western Wolf Academy

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About Marcus Anderson Family Foundation

https://www.marcusandersonfamilyfoundation.org/ Sponsor Logo

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Sessions on May 10, 2024

12:00 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

Event & Exhibitor Buildings Open

12:00 PM - 07:00 PMGrounds
12:00 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

On the grounds - Food vendors/3D archery for kids/Fish & Game Bldg & Hunting Simulation Unit Open

12:00 PM - 07:30 PMGrounds
12:30 PM
Elk

Don't get stuck in the rut

12:30 PM - 01:30 PMBldg. 1 - Main Stage
  • Tom Schneider

    Instructor

    Don't get stuck in the rut

Idaho Fish & Game Series

Wild Game Tracking (Repeats on Saturday)

12:30 PM - 01:30 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Idaho Fish & Game

    Instructor

    Idaho Fish & Game

01:45 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

Building 2 - Vendor demos

01:45 PM - 02:15 AMGrounds
02:00 PM
Idaho Fish & Game Series

Where can I hunt and how can I get there? (Repeats on Saturday)

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMBldg 1 - Main Stage
  • Idaho Fish & Game

    Instructor

    Idaho Fish & Game

General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Gear Up for Success: How to select the right hunting gear

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Chris King

    Instructor

    Field dressing & Gear Up for Success

03:00 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

Building 2 - Vendor demos

03:00 PM - 03:30 PMGrounds
03:30 PM
General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Backcountry medical for hunters (Will repeat on Saturday)

03:30 PM - 04:30 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Chris Jones

    Instructor

    Backcountry Medical for Hunters

General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Field Dressing - Small Game

03:30 PM - 04:30 PMOutdoor Stage
  • Chris King

    Instructor

    Field dressing & Gear Up for Success

03:30 PM
Contest

Archery shoot - Qualifying Round - Option 1

03:30 PM - 05:30 PMARCHERY SHOOT - FOOD CT. BLDG.
  • North Idaho Archery

    Facilitator

    Archery Shoot Organizer

03:30 PM
General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Why our grandkids won’t be able to hunt, unless…

03:30 PM - 04:15 PMBldg. 1 - Main Stage
  • TJ Greaney

    Instructor

    Why our grandkids won’t be able to hunt, unless…

04:30 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

BREAK TIME - Grab some grub, check out some vendors, and get ready for the Waterfowl or 6pm seminar series

04:30 PM - 06:00 AMGrounds
04:45 PM
Water Fowl

Duck Calling & Water Fowl Hunting Strategies

04:45 PM - 05:30 PMOutdoor Stage
  • Trevor Austin

    Instructor

    Pacific Custom Calls

06:00 PM
General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

FOR **WOMEN** HUNTERS ONLY - Awaken Your Inner Artemis: Becoming a Wise Huntress

06:00 PM - 07:00 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Sarah McGlenn

    Instructor

    For Women Only - Awaken Your Inner Artemis: Becoming a Wise Huntress

White-tail

White-tail 101

06:00 PM - 07:00 PMBldg. 1 - Main Stage
  • Jake Kremer

    Instructor

    Whitetail 101

Sessions on May 11, 2024

10:00 AM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

On the grounds - Food vendors/3D archery for kids/Fish & Game Bldg & Hunting Simulation Unit Open

10:00 AM - 06:00 PMGrounds
On the Hunt Fest grounds

Event & Exhibitor Buildings Open & Live Falcon Exhibit (today only)

10:00 AM - 06:00 PMGrounds
10:30 AM
Contest

Duck calling contest

10:30 AM - 11:30 AMOutdoor Stage
Elk

Elk calling strategies (Beginner to advanced)

10:30 AM - 11:30 AMBldg. 1 - Main Stage
  • Joe McCarthy

    Instructor

    Slayer Elk Calls

Idaho Fish & Game Series

Wild Game Tracking

10:30 AM - 11:30 AMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Idaho Fish & Game

    Instructor

    Idaho Fish & Game

10:30 AM
Contest

Archery shoot - Qualifying Round - Option 2

10:30 AM - 12:00 PMARCHERY SHOOT - FOOD CT. BLDG.
  • North Idaho Archery

    Facilitator

    Archery Shoot Organizer

Sponsors

11:30 AM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

Building 2 - Vendor demos

11:30 AM - 12:00 PMGrounds
12:00 PM
Idaho Fish & Game Series

Where can I hunt and how can I get there?

12:00 PM - 01:00 PMBuilding 7
  • Idaho Fish & Game

    Instructor

    Idaho Fish & Game

General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

A holistic approach to beginning and expanding your hunting journey

12:00 PM - 01:00 PMBldg. 1 - Main Stage
  • Bruce McGlenn

    Instructor

    A holistic approach to beginning and expanding your hunting journey

01:10 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

Building 2 - Vendor demos

01:10 PM - 01:20 PMGrounds
01:30 PM
General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Wolf Management

01:30 PM - 02:30 PMBldg. 3 - Main Stage
  • Kate Small

    Instructor

    Western Wolf Academy

General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Advocacy for Sportsman

01:30 PM - 02:30 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Everett Headley

    Instructor

    HOWL for Wildlife

Water Fowl

Bird Dog Training - what to look for in a bird dog

01:30 PM - 02:30 PMPark Stage
  • Sunny Aundrea Freeman

    Instructor

    Sunny Skies Retrievers

02:40 PM

Building 2 - Vendor demos

02:40 PM - 02:50 PMGrounds
03:00 PM
General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Backcountry medical for hunters

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Chris Jones

    Instructor

    Backcountry Medical for Hunters

General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Field Dressing Demo (Big Game)

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMOutdoor Stage
  • Chris King

    Instructor

    Field dressing & Gear Up for Success

Turkey Hunting

Turkey Hunting 101

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMBldg 1 - Main Stage
  • Wilson McSwain

    Instructor

    Turkey Hunting 101

04:10 PM

Building 2 - Vendor demos

04:10 PM - 04:20 PMGrounds
04:15 PM
Contest

Elk calling Contest

04:15 PM - 05:30 PMBUILDING #3 - MAIN STAGE
  • Joe McCarthy

    Instructor

    Slayer Elk Calls

04:15 PM
General Hunter Series - Beginner & Intermediate

Sharing the outdoors - First Hunt Foundation

04:15 PM - 05:15 PMBldg. 7 - Seminar Bldg.
  • Blake Abbott

    Instructor

    Sharing the Outdoors - First Hunt Foundation

05:00 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

BREAK TIME - Enjoy live music by Just Plain Darin, grab some grub from the food trucks, check out the vendors, and get ready for the 6pm Main Stage event

05:00 PM - 06:00 PMBldg. 3 - Main Stage
06:00 PM
On the Hunt Fest grounds

MAIN STAGE EVENT - Grand Prize Announcement - 125th Anniversary of Idaho Fish & Game, Celebration of Hunting Non-Profits, Speaker Q&A

06:00 PM - 07:15 PMBldg. 1 - Main Stage
  • Penny Burciaga

    Master of Ceremonies - Founder & Executive Director

    Northwest Hunt Fest