Who is School of the Hunt?

School of the Hunt is an online hunting school that offers courses on how to hunt a wide variety of animals.

What is Waterfowl 101?

Waterfowl 101 is an online hunting course offered by School of the Hunt to teach students how to successfully hunt waterfowl anywhere in North America. 

Who Teaches Waterfowl 101?

Benoit Boudreau, a professional waterfowl hunter living in Alberta, Canada, teaches the course.

How Much Does Waterfowl 101 Cost?

We currently have the waterfowl course on sale at $495 CAD. 

How Long is the Waterfowl 101 Course?

If you sat down and watched every video, read every paragraph and handout and took every end of module quizzes it is possible to do it in one day. To date no student has accomplished this feat, but that’s not a challenge lol. There are 4 + hours of video content and 18,000 words explaining hunting concepts. It is more realistic that it will take 1-2 weeks to complete the course. We highly recommend spending a maximum of an hour per day to allow the information to stick as each module is jam-packed with information. 

Is the Entire Course Online?

Yes, Waterfowl 101 is almost entirely online. There are some handouts that you can download though and bring with you on the hunt.

If I Don’t Like the Course. Can I Get a Refund?

Absolutely, we have a 25 day money back guarantee. Some people point out that a student could take the course in that time frame and benefit from all the information and then ask for a refund. It is true that we could be taken advantage of that way, but we are so convinced that people will appreciate the value we are providing them that most students will not do that. 

I am an Experienced Waterfowl Hunter. Is this course still worth my time and money?

If we are totally honest, new hunters typically benefit more from this course. This is a 101 course. However, we have had experienced hunters take the course and say they learned a lot. It’s difficult to gauge how experienced a waterfowl hunter is. Some hunters say they know a lot but don’t.  If you think you know everything about waterfowl hunting, this course is not for you. This course is for people who know they still have a lot to learn about waterfowl hunting.

Do I Need a Subscription to Access this Course?

No. We don’t mess around with your money. You will have access to this course forever. 

Where Was Waterfowl 101 Filmed?

The majority of Waterfowl 101 was filmed in Alberta, Canada.

Is this Waterfowl Hunting Course Relevant To My Home State or Province?

Absolutely, before developing the course, we consulted with waterfowl hunting experts across North America to ensure that this course is relevant no matter what state or province you live.

Can’t I Just Learn How to Hunt Waterfowl on Youtube?

There is definitely some good hunting information on youtube. However, it can be difficult to filter through what is good advice and what is bad advice and to learn concepts in a comprehensive manner.  Youtube creators also get paid more the longer their videos are. Consequently a lot of DIY hunting videos become more about trying to entertain an audience as opposed to educating them.

Hunt? Why Should I Hunt Waterfowl?

It is one of the most exciting forms of hunting in the world. You have a much higher chance of success compared to big game hunting. Waterfowl are also a lot more abundant than big game so hunting is less likely to have negative impacts on their populations. 

Doesn’t Waterfowl Meat Taste Awful?

This is simply not true. In many places in the world, it is a lot more common to eat ducks and geese and it is considered a delicious delicacy. When cooked properly waterfowl is one of the tastiest and healthiest red meats you can put in your body. 

Why Is Waterfowl 101 Expensive?

We actually think Waterfowl 101 is affordable for a number of reasons. It is cheaper than hiring a waterfowl hunting guide who isn’t even going to teach you how to hunt. If you try to teach yourself how to hunt, you are going to have a lot more failed hunts.  Your time is certainly worth something. Not to mention all the money you will save on gas from not having to drive to hunts where you will not even experience success. Also, we will protect you from buying hunting gear you think you need, but actually don’t. We save you time and money by fast forwarding your waterfowl hunting success by a number of years.  

What Waterfowl Species Will Waterfowl 101 Teach Me to Hunt?

You will learn how to hunt dabbling and diving ducks and Canadian geese. You can also apply the hunting concepts we teach to sandhill cranes and other species of geese, but we intend to teach future courses specifically on those species. 

What Hunting Gear Do I Need Before Taking this Course?

None! In fact, we recommend you do not buy any hunting gear until you have taken our course as we will save you money from not buying things you don’t need.

How Do I Find Out What My Local Hunting and Firearm Regulations Are?

Great question! Hunting and firearm regulations change all the time and they are also very different depending on where you live. The best way for us to point you in the right direction is if you send us an email telling us where you live and we will help you find your local hunting regulations. 

What Will I Learn in Waterfowl 101?

The course includes 8 modules covering a wide variety of topics here are only a few: waterfowl feeding and roosting ecology, how to scout and gain access to the best places to hunt, what decoys you should buy, what gear and clothing you need, how to master concealment, proper waterfowl calling techniques, how to pick the perfect shotgun and how to shoot birds consistently, and how to plan worldclass hunts

Is the Information in this Course Tailored to Beginners or Advanced Waterfowl Hunters?

We designed this course with both beginner and advanced hunters in mind. However, if you do not know a lot about waterfowl hunting you are certainly going to learn more than an advanced waterfowl hunter.

Can I Retake the Course Once I Have Completed It?

There is no limit to how many times you can take the course.

Will There Be Tests, Quizzes, or Certification in this Course?

We have optional quizzes at the end of each module. They are simply there to help you gauge if you understood the modules key concepts. You do not need to take them if you don’t want to. There is no formal certification  or final exam associated with course either. The course is designed to be fun and incredibly helpful at the same time.

Is Taking Waterfowl 101 the Only Thing I Need to Do to Get Started Waterfowl Hunting?

No, you still need to become familiar with your local hunting and firearm regulations and certifications, but we are happy to help you with that as well for free if you send us an email.

Do I Need Internet Connection to Access the Course?

Yes, there is also no School of the Hunt app at this point in time. 

Can I Purchase Modules of Waterfowl 101 Individually?

No, all of our modules build on one another so we only sell them as a package.

If I Enrol in Waterfowl 101, Do You Guarantee Success?

If we promised you that, then that would be very suspicious. Obviously it still up to you to put in the work and to actually follow the advice we give in this course. However, there is no reason why you will not succeed if you apply what we teach and put in the effort.

What Makes You Qualified to Teach this Information?

It’s true that there are better waterfowl hunters out there then Benoit Boudreau and he is the first to admit that. However, being the best hunter does not necessarily make you the best teacher. Sometimes experienced hunters can forget what it’s like to be starting out or simply struggle with communicating concepts in a simple way. As the course’s testimonials indicate, Benoit has a gift for teaching and can explain complicated concepts in a very simple manner. It is also important to mention that Benoit has also been hunting since he was 5 years old and shoots an impressive number of waterfowl every year. 

I Care about the Environment. Is Waterfowl Hunting Sustainable?

Absolutely, the number of many waterfowl species in North America grows exponentially every year indicating there is more room for new hunters.  Also the hunting industry is the biggest financial contributor to environmental conservation in the world. The evidence is clear that the greatest threat to wildlife is habitat destruction and nobody cares more about preserving wildlife habitat than hunters. Now obviously there is not enough wildlife for everyone to become a hunter, but currently the total number of hunters is actually declining in North America. In other words, we got room for you! Hunting is definitely an important part of providing sustainable food for future generations. 

I Love Animals. How is Waterfowl Hunting Ethical?

If you eat meat, hunting is by far the most ethical way of acquiring meat and if you love animals you should really consider promoting hunting. Here are 6 reasons why eating hunted meat is more ethical than farmed meat.

  • Wildlife do not grow up in captivity and get to enjoy life as nature intended. Domestic meat comes from animals that have been subjected to captivity.
  • Wildlife lives longer than most domesticated animals. Once a domestic animal has reached its average size, it does not often make economic sense to keep feeding it. The animal is slaughtered and replaced.
  • Wildlife has an opportunity to survive and flee from a hunter. Domestic animals have no opportunity to use their natural abilities to survive.
  • Hunters waste less meat when harvesting. Since they work so hard to acquire the meat in the first place, they ensure that nothing goes to waste and that everything makes its way to the freezer. The amount of wasted domestic meat is astonishing. Meat expires on the shelf, a hamburger is half eaten and thrown away. This happens much less frequently with wild game.
  • Hunters respect and appreciate the life of an animal they harvested and have a personal connection with the animal’s sacrifice. The consumer who buys meat in the store did not witness the animal’s death and seldom expresses gratitude for the animal’s life.
  • Hunting is sustainable and requires no habitat destruction. Agriculture and farming often requires habitat destruction and land clearing.

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