(PHOTO CUTLINE 1: Albert Lee of Forsyth began teaching Hunter Education in 1958. (FWP photo)
(PHOTO CUTLINE 2: These instructors represent 235 years of teaching experience. (FWP photo)
MILES CITY, Mont.—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks honored the service of its Region 7 Hunter and Bowhunter Education instructors at a workshop held this past Saturday.
These volunteers help shape the future of hunting in Montana by providing would-be hunters with training in safety, ethics, conservation, and the handling of firearms and archery equipment. In Region 7, these volunteers instruct just under 1,000 students each year. It is a big responsibility and often requires a large time commitment. Their dedication is proved further by the fact that every hour they put in is voluntary.
Instructors receive service awards at 5-year intervals and this year were numerous instructors with service ranging from 5 to 55 years.
Instructors present at the workshop and receiving an award for 5-20 years of service were Ashley Hankins of Miles City (5), Jesse Hankins of Miles City (5), Mikenna O’Donnell of Baker (5), Colleen Buck of Baker (10), Larry Christensen (10), Kyle Vennes of Plevna (15), Aaron Arthur of Miles City (20), Randy Buck of Baker (20) and Charles Farr of Colstrip (20).
Instructors with 25 years or more of service were Gary Huber of Terry (35), Ron Tomas of Hysham (35) and Albert Lee of Forsyth (55).
FWP is thankful to these individuals and depends on hundreds of qualified instructors across the state. For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter Education instructor, call Cathy Stewart at the FWP Region 7 Information and Education Office at (406) 234-0926.