Volunteers to teach hunting sought

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering several New Instructor Training Courses for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont.
The courses will take place Jan. 10 in St. Johnsbury, Feb. 21 in Berlin and March 12 in Castleton.
Policies and procedures, field techniques and teaching methods will all be covered in order to give instructors the tools to teach future Vermont hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
“The skills and ethics that our instructors impart to their students will serve them for a lifetime,” said Nicole Meier with Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s hunter education program. “There is no better way for a hunter to give back to the outdoors than by instructing the next generation of hunters.”
All applicants who pass the training are required to pass a background check with a warden and shadow a chief instructor before they can teach on their own. Upon completion, they will then receive their full State of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor Certification.
“Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Meier. “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that allow the Hunter Education Program to function.”
Those planning to attend should sign up online at www.tinyurl.com/VTNIT2016 or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date.

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