Georgia State Hunter Safety Coordinator Capt. James Bell Named To IHEA Hall Of Fame
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – -(AmmoLand.com)- The International Hunter Education Association recently honored Capt. James Bell, the Georgia Hunter Safety Coordinator, with a Hall of Fame award, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Award recipients are individuals that are active, retired or deceased who exhibit(ed) outstanding traits that have helped improve the hunter education movement in a manner that exceeds general effort.
“This is a great way to recognize Capt. James Bell for his continuous efforts at improving the Georgia Hunter Safety program and for being such a constructive partner with IHEA,” says Division Law Enforcement Chief Col. Terry West. “I also am glad that this honor came prior to his upcoming retirement, so that he can feel like he is leaving at the top of his game.”
Terry Erwin, IHEA Past President said, “James Bell is an individual who possesses the highest qualities when it comes to public service, customer relations, volunteer management and as a supervisor. I have had a special place in my heart for him since we met and became friends. He is a man of high moral values and is someone you would enjoy having at the hunt camp and someone to whom you could entrust your life. I congratulate him on this well-deserved award.”
Capt. James Bell, a 34-year state employee, will retire this coming July. During his career he has worked as a conservation ranger in the field and on the water, including time spent on Lake Lanier. In December 1999, Bell was promoted to Captain and placed in charge of the hunter education program – a position he has held since that time.
In service to IHEA, Bell has held a few positions. In June 2002, he was elected Vice President of Zone Three and became a board member. In 2005 he became IHEA Secretary-Treasurer. Bell highlighted Georgia in 2006 by bringing the IHEA annual conference to Atlanta. In 2008, in an effort to get a true evaluation of the Georgia program, Bell oversaw a peer review of the Georgia Hunter Education program by IHEA.
Capt. Bell lives in Loganville with his wife, Cora, and has three children.
IHEA is affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies. Goals of this group include serving as the primary resource for information on hunter education; promoting hunter education by fostering cooperative efforts between government agencies, organized groups and industry; striving for constant improvement in hunter education programs; and providing opportunities for the exchange of related ideas, knowledge and experiences.
For more information about IHEA, visit www.ihea.com . For more information on the Georgia hunter safety program, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com .