This news release was archived on Sunday, April 29, 2012
BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park will recognize 34 volunteer hunter education and bowhunter education instructors who have achieved benchmarks in their efforts in south central Montana.
The certified volunteer instructors will be recognized Saturday during an awards banquet in Billings. They are:
· Forrest Ewen of Ballantine, who has taught hunter education at Worden for 35 years. Ewen also was awarded the Cornerstone Award, which is decided by the volunteer hunter education leadership in Yellowstone County.
·Allen Eik of Joliet, for 30 years of teaching hunter education in Carbon County.
·Gordon Crandall of Scobey, who teaches hunter education at Castlerock Middle School in Billings and has been volunteering with the program for 30 years.
·Larry Whitmyer of Billings, for 25 years of teaching bowhunter education.
·Dave Yeager of Laurel, for 25 years of teaching bowhunter education.
·Tom Tyre of Billings, for 20 years of teaching bowhunter education.
·Charles Pentecost of Billings, for 20 years of teaching hunter education.
Volunteer instructors recognized for 15 years of hunter education are Pat Pierson of Roberts, Dale Rittierodt of Roundup, Mike Bryant of Billings and Patrick Beddow of Billings.
Volunteer instructors recognized for 15 years of bowhunter education are Richard Waltner of Columbus and Samuel Spector of Big Timber.
Volunteer instructors recognized for 10 years of teaching hunter education are Randy Malensek of Hardin, Daniel Guarino of Roberts, Jim Nichol of Fromberg, Jeffrey Jones of Big Timber, Thomas Combs of Shepherd, Wallace Kawane of Huntley, Tim Muessig of Billings, Patrick Bell of Silesia, and Robert Short of Laurel.
Bryan Tomlinson of Harlowton and Steven Oels of Billings will be recognized for 10 years of teaching bowhunter education.
Volunteers recognized for five years of teaching hunter education are Ananda Feldhaus of Park City; Gerald Wiscomb and Jan Johnson of Laurel; Paul Olson, Dennis Hein and Ronnie Hein of Billings, and Torri Bell and Zebulin Bell of Silesia.
David Roberts of Red Lodge and Steven Halama of Billings will be recognized for five years of volunteering to teach bowhunter education.