In 2013, Region 3 hunter and bowhunter volunteer instructors taught and certified nearly 2,000 students in classes in 19 cities across the region. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will honor their efforts at the annual Region 3 Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructor Workshop and Luncheon this Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman.
These volunteers help shape future Montana hunters, providing training in safety, ethics, conservation, and firearms and archery equipment.
Earning special awards this year are 45 instructors with service ranging from 5 to 30 years. All service award recipients receive a plaque, while some reaching certain milestones receive gifts of appreciation including engraved knives, belt buckles, and more.
Instructors with 25 years of service being honored this year include: James Aughney and Kurt Bushnell of Bozeman, TJ Goodwin Jr. of Belgrade, Bob Logar of Manhattan, and Dan Crismore of Sheridan. Receiving 30-year recognition is Mark Doering of Dillon (please see the attached list of all honorees).
FWP is thankful to have hundreds of qualified instructors across the state, and always welcomes new additions to our ranks. For information on becoming a hunter or bowhunter education instructor, call Andrea Jones in the FWP Region 3 Information and Education Office at (406) 994-6931.