HARVE, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)- Twenty-one volunteer instructors or apprentices affiliated with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs will be recognized with service awards at a March 24 annual workshop and luncheon at the Duck Inn in Havre.
All service award recipients receive a plaque, and other awards are made for additional years of service. Highlights this year include Howard Pippin of Saco being recognized for his 45 years of involvement, and Gordon Crandell of Scobey being recognized for his 30 years of service to the program.
2012 FWP Region Six Bowhunter/Hunter Education Service Awards
- 45-year Hunter Education Award: Howard Pippin, Saco
- 30-year Hunter Education Award: Gordon Crandell, Scobey
- 25-year Bowhunter Education Award: Greg Durward & Ron Cortese, Havre
- 20-year Bowhunter Education Award: John Demarais, Malta; Donald Stein, Havre
- 20-year Hunter Education Award: Mischelle Fisher, Chinook; Dustin Hill, Scobey; Mark Sullivan, Fort Peck
- 15-year Hunter Education Award: Walt Reller, Scobey
- 10-year Bowhunter Education Award: Denver Atkinson, Poplar
- 10-year Hunter Education Award: Joann Zeiger, Saco; Susan Smith, Glasgow; Merle Hoerner, Havre
- 5-year Bowhunter Education Award: William Harms & Kelsey Prellwitz; Malta; Scott Vandall, Milton Berglee, Gary Herzog, all of Wolf Point
- 5-year Hunter Education Award: Abbi Bohn, Havre; Scott Vandall, Wolf Point; Todd Krogedal, Bainville; Kelsey Prellwitz, Malta
State law requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, must present a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in Montana. Nearly all hunter and bowhunter education courses are taught by volunteer instructors. The program is run and certified through FWP.
“There’s no way we could provide the quality of programming we have now without the incredible dedication and commitment we see from our volunteer instructors,” said FWP Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager Ron Selden. “These volunteers play a key role in shaping future Montana hunters by providing training in safety, ethics, conservation, and the proper use of firearms and archery equipment. All of their efforts are greatly appreciated.”
New volunteers for the program are always being sought. Anyone interested in becoming a hunter or bowhunter education instructor in FWP Region 6 should contact Selden by email at [email protected] or by calling (406) 228-3723.