Twenty Helena-area hunter and bowhunter volunteer instructors who taught and certified nearly 650 students in classes across the region last year were recently honored by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
FWP honored instructors with service ranging from five to 35 years. "These 20 volunteers, who combined, bring to hunter education nearly 300 years of teaching experience, continue to help shape future Montana hunters, providing training in safety, ethics, conservation, and firearms and archery equipment," said Wayde Cooperider, FWP's Helena hunter education coordinator in Helena.
All service award recipients received a plaque, while some reaching certain milestones received gifts of appreciation including engraved knives, belt buckles, and more.
Instructors with 25 years or more of service that were honored this year included: Ted Goodwin, Mark Natale, David Tweet, Clint Cazier, and John Krause.
"FWP is thankful to have hundreds of qualified instructors across the state, and always welcomes new additions to our ranks," Cooperider said.
For information on becoming a hunter or bowhunter education instructor, call Patti Buckingham at 406 444-9948.