Hunter education teachers saluted

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Without volunteer hunter education instructors, the job of a conservation agent would require many more hours than the already demanding schedule.

With the help of these unpaid and often seemingly unappreciated men and women, my man-hour demands are reduced by hundreds of hours per year. Quite often they even have to endure public complaints as if they were Missouri Department of Conservation employees, even though they have nothing to do with setting seasons, methods or limits.

The next time you see someone wearing the Missouri hunter education instructor patch, let them know how much you appreciate the time and, in many cases, money from their own pockets that they donate so students of hunter education don't have to travel out of county to large meeting rooms with a hundred other students for their training. With volunteer instructors we get higher-quality training right here at home.

Three hunter education courses will be offered by volunteer hunter education instructors in Saline County prior to the firearms deer season. The first course will be held at the Blackburn Civic Center, 205 N. Main St., on Sept. 9 and 11. Students for this course must be 11 years old by Oct. 11.

The second course will be in Marshall at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1267 S. English St., on Sept. 23 and 25. Students must be 11 years old by Oct. 25.

Students for the Blackburn and Marshall courses must enroll at the Marshall Wal-Mart.

The Slater Volkfest Building does not have an address, but it is in the city park on Leroy Street between Hurt and Lincoln, and will be the site for the last course prior to the firearms deer season, on Oct. 7 and 9. Enrollment for this course is at the Slater General Store and students must be 11 years old by Nov. 9.

For each of the classes, students less than 13 years old must attend with an adult. All students should read the student manual and answer the review questions at the end of each chapter as their "homework" assignment prior to class. Without having done so, students 11 and 12 years old will find it difficult to pass the certification test.

Attendance of all class sessions is required for certification. If you have questions call head instructor Ed Howery, at (660) 886-8541 or myself at 886-7016.

Please remember to enjoy our Missouri out-of-doors safely!

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