BUFFALO - More than 40 volunteer hunter education instructors from 20 Wyoming communities recently completed the final phase of their training at the Game and Fish Hunter Education New Instructor Academy held this year at Camp Roberts in the Bighorn National Forest west of Buffalo.
The New Instructor Academy is under the direction of Game and Fish hunter education coordinator Jim Dawson and has been an annual occurrence since 2008. The 2014 Academy marks the seventh year of the event following passage of a Wyoming Game and Fish Commission regulation requiring new hunter education instructors to attend a new instructor workshop within two years of becoming certified as hunter education instructors.
Dawson said the instruction involved sessions on the six major core areas in the hunter education curriculum including:
• Hunter responsibility and ethics
• Wildlife conservation and management
• Firearms and firearms safety
• Game and Fish statutes and regulations
• Wildlife identification and field care
• Outdoor safety and survival
“Instructors were provided tools and teaching techniques to address these core areas,” Dawson said. “The Academy is designed to increase correctness, continuity, credibility and improve communications for the volunteers teaching hunter education.”
The Academy also featured opening remarks from Game and Fish deputy director John Kennedy who thanked the attendees for their service to Wyoming’s hunters. In addition, instructors from Kansas were present to assist in live fire sessions and a contingent from the North Dakota hunter education program attended to get ideas for establishing their own new instructor academy in future years. Former Wyoming Wildlife editor Chris Madson capped the weekend long events with a presentation covering the centuries old tradition of hunter education.
The camp was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Central Wyoming Chapter of Safari Club International who paid for the meals and lodging at Camp Roberts.
Information on the 2015 Game and Fish New Hunter Education Instructor Academy will be out later this fall.
(Contact: Jim Dawson (307) 473-3439)