March 11, 2009
Waterbury, VT -- There is no more powerful way to give back to what you love than with a gift of your time. If you love to hunt or trap in Vermont, there are few better ways to give your time than becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor.
Now is the time to sign-up to become an instructor. This year’s instructor training workshops are scheduled to be held at the Waterbury State Office Complex:
Basic Firearm Education Instructor Workshop: April 18
Bowhunter Education Instructor Workshop: July 18
As a volunteer instructor, you will conduct the Hunter Education Program courses as a representative of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The department provides new instructors with training and materials to successfully conduct a hunter education course.
“The work is demanding and the hours are often long and inconvenient,” says Chris Saunders, Vermont’s Hunter Education Coordinator. “However, our 580 active instructors love volunteering because they know they are contributing to the future of hunting and trapping.”
All instructor applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Successfully pass a background check
• Enjoy working with young people
• Believe in and practice safe, responsible hunting.
The application process includes providing personal references and a criminal history background check. You can still take the instructor course if the background check has not been completed, but you will not be certified until passing it.
Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor takes commitment. But as an instructor you are helping to pass on a hunting heritage that adds to Vermont's quality of life. Through the efforts of our volunteers, hunting is safe and getting safer.
To learn more, contact Ann Shangraw at (802) 241-3720.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 11, 2009 16:43:35