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Area Hunter Ed & Bow Ed Instructors Receive Awards

Education - Region 7

Thursday, February 11, 2016

(Miles City) - At a recent workshop held in Miles City, a group of men and women from around the region were recognized for their years of dedication as instructors for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Hunter and Bow Hunter Education programs.

            The heart of Montana’s Hunter and Bow Hunter Education programs is the corps of dedicated volunteer instructors. They stand as examples of how each hunter should demonstrate ethics, behavior and responsibility to themselves, landowners, other hunters and the resource.

            Thirteen instructors received awards honoring them for various lengths of service that they have spent educating hunters and archers in southeastern Montana. Recognized for five years of service as a Hunter Ed instructor were Camille Behr of Custer County and Cooper Knoll of Dawson County. Bow Hunter Ed instructors honored for five years of service were Ken and Travis Lacquement of Prairie County, Kent Undlin of Custer County, and Clyde Phipps and Casey Thomas of Garfield County.

            Serving as a Hunter Ed instructor for ten years and receiving recognition was Nathan Olson of Garfield County.

            Recognized for 15 years of service as Hunter Ed instructors were Janice Buck of Fallon County and Trent Hansen of Dawson County. Hansen was also recognized for 15 years of service as a Dawson County Bow Hunter Ed instructor.

            Receiving recognition for 20 years of service as an instructor for both the Hunter Ed and Bow Hunter Ed programs was Mark Rose of Richland County. Ed Bukoskey was recognized for 30 years of service as a Bow Hunter Ed instructor in Rosebud County. Bukoskey is the first instructor in southeastern Montana to dedicate 30 years to the Bow Hunter Ed program.

            Finally, David Bacon was recognized for 35 years of dedicated service as a Hunter Ed instructor in Wibaux County.

            A new award presented this year was the Instructor of the Year award. This award was designed to recognize an instructor who has made a significant contribution to the regional Hunter Ed or Bow Hunter Ed program. The honoree is someone who strives to pass on values to future generations of outdoors men and women, helps to ensure program changes are implemented to the best of their ability, is dedicated to learning about and using the best methods for engaging students without sacrificing course integrity, inspires students to become safe and responsible hunters and serves as a positive role model for and provides leadership to other instructors. Nominations were submitted by fellow instructors from around the region. The inaugural recipient of this award was Michael Scott of Ashland. Scott’s name has been added to a plaque that will proudly be displayed at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 office.

            These instructors choose to honor Montana’s hunting heritage and “Pass it On” by sharing their skills, experiences and their love of hunting and Montana’s vast resources with those new to hunting and the outdoor adventure. Fish, Wildlife and Parks extends our gratitude and sincerest thank you to these individuals for their time and commitment to these programs.