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Before attending any course, all students must fill out and email the following documents to Please also bring hard copies of all documents on the course date.

In accordance with the provincial Reopening Ontario Act and beginning September 22, 2021, all students will need to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before attending a class. Vaccination must be completed at least 14 days in advance of your course date.

If you have already completed your full COVID-19 vaccination, you can download and print a record of your vaccination here:

Your Instructor

Your instructor Don Ratych has an extensive background of 38 years in Law Enforcement from which he is retired from. He has been a Certified Instructor in the Canadian Firearms Safety Course Program since the implementation of the courses in 1994.

He has an extensive knowledge of Canadian Firearms Legislation and gun handling. He has been involved in competitive shooting sports and hunting for several decades. He remains involved in shooting sports, including bow hunting, muzzleloading hunting, big and small game hunting, waterfowl hunting and handgun shooting.

On occasion Don will have other instructors assist him in the firearms handling of large classes. These assisting instructors are also Certified Approved Instructors by the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario and also come with an extensive law enforcement background and hunting knowledge.

Don has hunted frequently throughout the year for Turkey and varmint hunting in the spring and for small game, waterfowl, bear, moose and deer in the fall. He has also hunted various big game in Alberta and British Columbia.

Instructors Commitment / Policy for Firearms Courses

Your instructor is committed to your firearms and hunter education. He believes that safe handling of firearms and hunting equipment is paramount to simply passing the courses. Injuries from accidents are not acceptable.

In the past your instructors have offered students to attend remedial firearms and hunting classes until the student was confident in their knowledge and, especially in their firearms handling. Your instructors have never charged students for remedial classes since 1994.

A new policy change at the Ontario Chief Provincial Firearms Office will not allow for this practice in the future although your instructors will still welcome you back for remedial hunter education classes. This program is run through the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and so this course is not subject to the new policy change.

Your instructors can still offer remedial hunting classes at no expense to the student but additional firearms courses will be at the expense of the student.

Please book the dates for courses carefully as we cannot refund course fees or change course dates without 30 days prior notice for any reason.

There are no cancellations within 30 days of the scheduled course date.

Rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days of the scheduled class date.