Six volunteer hunter education instructors were honored last weekend for each providing 50 or more years of teaching Iowa’s youth how to hunt safely and responsibly.
James Hoffman, Des Moines, Michael Runyan, Albia, Dwight Moats, Cherokee, Gerald Pallesen, Marcus, Roger Will, Emmetsburg, and Arthur Ades, Mason City, each received a .22 Henry octagon barrel lever action rifle engraved with their name, 50 years of service and the Iowa hunter education instructor logo during the Iowa hunter education instructor association annual banquet at Kennedy Park, in Fort Dodge.
“They continue to provide outstanding leadership and guidance to our volunteer instructors involved with teaching hunter education across the state,” said Megan Wisecup, recreational safety programs supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
“It is a significant milestone to have six individuals volunteer over 50 years to hunter education, and to honor them at the same time during the annual banquet seemed fitting,” Wisecup said.
The annual banquet marks the end of one season and the beginning of the next for the instructors.
“We already have several hunter education classes scheduled and accepting registration,” Wisecup said.
Participants can register at ww.iowadnr.gov/training
“Our instructors are volunteers who enjoy hunting so most of our classes are held in August through October. Once the seasons open, they want to go hunting,” she said. “If you are planning to go hunting this fall and need to take hunter education, don’t wait until the last minute. Find a class and sign up now.”