Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks honored the service of Region 1 hunter and bowhunter education instructors at an annual workshop on March 9, in Kalispell.
The annual workshop is an opportunity for FWP staff and instructors from each region to review the program, discuss updates and new equipment, and to celebrate the volunteerism of instructors.
The heart of Montana’s hunter and bowhunter 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.
At the 2019 workshop in Kalispell, several instructors were awarded for service milestones, ranging from five to 30 years.
“The men and women who volunteer to mentor new hunters are skilled, passionate and dedicated to Montana’s hunting heritage and to teaching firearms safety,” said Dillon Tabish, the information and education program manager for FWP Region 1.
“These instructors serve their communities in a very important way. They deserve a sincere ‘thank you’ from all of us.”
In 2018, a total of 1,561 students were certified through Montana hunter and bowhunter education in Region 1. Statewide, a total of 9,050 students were certified last year.
If anyone is interested in the future of hunting, in improving sportsmanship and safety in the field, or teaching an appreciation for the vast hunting resources in Montana, FWP encourages them to sign up to become an instructor. Visit fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter for more information. Registration is open for spring classes across the region, and students should register online at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter.
Local hunter, bowhunter education instructors that were honored for years of service are:
Sarah Osborn, Troy
Benjamin Valentine, Troy
Jim Jones, Troy
Alan Kelly, Libby
Tom Horelick, Libby
Donny Place, Libby