Novice hunter - just completed my Hunting Safety Class this past weekend and wanted to share my experience. Completed my on-line portion - and was actually impressed with the rigor and breadth - then had to find someone offering the 4 hour class to receive my Certificate of Completion. I registered through the DFG Website with Doug's Wilderness Adventures for the 4 hour follow on class. Having talked with the DFG folks, I knew that the folks giving the classes are volunteers who aren't getting paid. Frankly, I expected a boiler plate experience teaching us the test that would be done in about 2 hours. I was blown away - Doug - a fireman here in SD who guides hunts in the Western US - treated our class like he was teaching folks he would having to be hunting with. We walked through the practical things we'd need to know - where to put a killing shot - using one of his mules as a living model -- mil dot ranging, bullet selection based on his experience with thin and thick skinned game -- way beyond the book answer and explained in the simple, practical terms. Our graduation exercise was a 90 game walk across his property spotting game sign, reading wind and weather. Between our class and nature walk, Doug and Michelle managed a home cooked lunch anchored around Elk chili. Yes - our four hour class was actually a 6.5 hour hunting class - taught by someone who really cares and knows what he is talking about. So -- if you are looking for a class that will get you started on the right foot, Doug's is the right place to start. I suspect his guided hunting trips are just as educational and rewarding.