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Game and Fish Hunter Education Program is Seeking Volunteer Instructors

12/5/2011

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for persons age 18 or older interested in becoming volunteer hunter education instructors.

According to Game and Fish hunter education coordinator Jim Dawson, the need for new volunteer instructors to teach hunter education throughout Wyoming is ever present and recruitment of new instructors to meet public demands is an ongoing task. Dawson said that demand for hunter education classes increases at the beginning of each year with a steady demand for classes in most Wyoming communities throughout the year.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer instructor, now is the time to look at Hunter Education class schedules to get teamed up with a mentoring instructor. This fulfils one of the requirements to become a volunteer instructor. All upcoming classes are posted on the Game and Fish website http://wgfd.wyo.gov.

In 2011, Wyoming's more than 350 instructors conducted 215 classes and certified 4,972 young hunters. Volunteers are not paid, but Dawson said many volunteers have expressed satisfaction in knowing they have helped enhance hunting traditions and values while promoting safe, responsible, and ethical hunting practices.

Wyoming's volunteer instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including game wardens, professional educators, and the general public. Those wanting to become an instructor must work with a mentoring instructor and follow these steps:

• Must have completed a hunter education certification
• Complete the Hunter Education application form
• Attend the entire class of a mentoring instructor
• Teach one lesson of the class under the direction of the mentor
• Submit a formal lesson plan in writing to the WY hunter education coordinator
• Complete the Instructor Worksheet with the help of the mentor
• Have the mentoring instructor complete the practice teaching evaluation form
• Complete the Wild Work volunteer form
• Completion of Child Abuse/Neglect and Adult Central Registry Screens & WY Criminal History Record Prescreens.
• Submit all paperwork for review to the State hunter education coordinator.
• Attend a new instructor orientation within two years of certification. The orientation academy is conducted over a weekend each summer at the WGFD Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp at no charge to the new instructor. The 2012 New Instructor Academy will be conducted June 22nd -24th and is filling quickly.

Persons interested in becoming a hunter education instructor can call the state Game and Fish office in Cheyenne at (307)777-4538 or Jim Dawson at the Casper office at (307) 473-3439 for more details. All Hunter Education Forms are on the WGFD Education web-page at: http://wgfd.wyo.gov/services/education/huntereducationhome/index.asp.
(Contact: Margaret James (307) 777-4538)

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