Game Commission recruiting hunter education instructors

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for
experienced hunters and trappers who are interested in becoming
volunteer instructors for the agency’s basic Hunter-Trapper
Education (HTE), Successful Bowhunting and Successful Furtaking
courses, as well as future courses under consideration.

“Becoming a volunteer instructor for the Game Commission is one
way experienced hunters and trappers can help pass along our
outdoors heritage to a new generation,” said Keith Snyder, Game
Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief. “Becoming an
instructor also is a fine way to help make a difference in your
community and to do something to help improve the quality of our
education and safety programs.

“If you’re an experienced hunter or trapper, and want to give
something back, I encourage you to become a certified instructor
for one or all of the agency’s education programs. Quality training
is vitally important to ensuring these new, young hunters and
trappers are both safe and responsible.”

Persons who wish to become instructors should be knowledgeable,
experienced hunters and trappers, and be willing to teach at least
one class per year. Classes are held at a variety of locations,
such as sportsmen’s clubs, fire halls, schools and municipal
buildings.

Instructors work with other volunteer instructors, WCOs and
Deputy WCOs to plan and teach classes. Applicants need not be
experts in every field of hunting and trapping. All teaching
materials and detailed lesson plans are provided by the Game
Commission.

All new instructors must have attended and completed a class, as
a student, within the 18 months prior to or after submitting their
application. Also, applicants must pass a background check, assist
with at least one student-level class and attend a new instructor
training workshop before being certified.

For more information about becoming an instructor, visit the
Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and select
“Education,” then choose “Hunter Education” and then click on
“Becoming an Instructor.” Individuals also can request an
application packet online or by calling the agency’s Hunter-Trapper
Education Division at 717-787-7015.

Categories: Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

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