May 2, 2014
|A hunter education instructor with student in Grants Pass, Ore. in 2011.
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SALEM, Ore.—Wanted: a few good men or women to serve as hunter education instructors in the Florence area.
A long-time instructor from the area recently moved away so new instructors are needed to lead classes in the area. Classes are taught at the Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club. ODFW provides all the curriculum plus training for new instructors.
“We usually certify 20-30 new hunters each year,” says Jerry Harpole, president at the Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club. “Our club members can help coach youth on field days, but we do need someone to step up and volunteer to get fully certified as a hunter education instructor.”
Volunteer Instructors are required to teach a minimum of one class per year. The more classes that instructors teach, the more points they earn towards a variety of awards.
“Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors are the backbone of our hunter education program,” says James D Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator. “These experienced individuals pass on the safe hunting tradition.”
To apply, fill out this online application which includes a quiz of some basic hunter education and firearm safety knowledge.
Under Oregon law, persons under the age of 18 must pass a Hunter Education class before they can hunt. The classes cover important issues including hunter ethics and respect for private landowners; wildlife management and identification; firearms handling and safety; hunt preparation and techniques; survival; and introductory bowhunting. All classes are taught by certified volunteers dedicated to passing on the tradition of hunting to future generations.
These volunteer instructors teach and certify about 6,500 students statewide each year in hunter education.