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March 9, 2009

Hunter Education New Instructor Training Offered

CONCORD, N.H. - If you are an experienced hunter who wants to pass along the outdoor traditions, consider becoming a Hunter Education instructor.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering free training this spring to certify new instructors to be a part of the program, which includes Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses, required for first-time license holders in the state.

"People volunteer as instructors in the Hunter Education Programs for many reasons. Chief among them is the desire to be a valuable part of the outdoor tradition and help ensure its future," said Pete Davison, Hunter Education Coordinator for Fish and Game. "Potential instructors should be hunters or bowhunters with at least a few years of practical experience."

Candidates for the position of volunteer instructor must be at least 18 years of age, have completed the appropriate basic certification course (Hunter or Bowhunter education); undergo a background investigation for misdemeanor convictions and fish and game violations; and successfully complete all required instructor trainings. To apply, return a completed instructor application form, which can be found at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_instructor.htm.

Once certified, instructors then must instruct or assist in teaching at least one course during the two-year certification period, and attend a current instructor training workshop annually.

New instructor training for Hunter Education will be offered (training involves two sessions):

  • Friday, April 3, 2009, from 6 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 11, 2009, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Enfield Outing Club in Enfield; or

  • Friday, May 8, 2009, from 6 - 9 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord and Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

New instructor training for Bowhunter Education will be offered (training involves two sessions):

  • Friday, May 22, 2009, from 6 - 9 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord and Saturday, May 30, 2009, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

  • Friday, June 5, 2009, from 6 - 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Region 1 Office in Lancaster.

"Becoming a volunteer Hunter Education Instructor takes effort and commitment, but it can bring with it many rewards. If you would like to help maintain a tradition of safe and responsible hunting, then this program may be for you!" Davison said.

Hunter Education courses provided by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program.  Last year, trained hunter education volunteer instructors graduated more than 3,600 students in hunter, bowhunter and trapper education in New Hampshire. For more information, contact the New Hampshire Hunter Education Program at (603) 271-3214 or visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm.

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