Hunter Education Class Offered In Buffalo

Jim Dawson instructing safe shotgun technique.
Jim Dawson instructing safe shotgun technique.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be offering a hunter education class in Buffalo beginning Jan. 5th, 2012.

The class will be offered Thursday, January 5th and Friday, January 6th from 6 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, January 7th from 9 am to 5 pm.

The class will be taught by Jim Dawson at the Buffalo Outdoor Shooting Site, and is open to the first 16 students to enroll.

Warren Mischke, information Specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Office in Sheridan, tells us more about the class.

Sign up online at http://gf.state.wy.us. There is a $10 fee per student. For more information, contact Margaret James at (307) 777-4538.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer instructor, the class is a good time to get started in becoming certified. Persons interested in becoming a hunter education instructor can call the state Game and Fish office in Cheyenne at (307)777-4538 or Jim Dawson at the Casper office at (307) 473-3439 for more details. All Hunter Education Forms are on the WGFD Education web page.

The orientation academy is conducted over a weekend each summer at the WGFD Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp at no charge to the new instructor. The 2012 New Instructor Academy will be conducted June 22 -24.

Those wanting to become an instructor must work with a mentoring instructor and follow these steps:
· Must have completed a hunter education certification.
· Complete the hunter education application form.
· Attend the entire class of a mentoring instructor.
· Teach one lesson of the class under the direction of the mentor.
· Submit a formal lesson plan in writing to the Wyoming hunter education coordinator.
· Complete the Instructor Worksheet with the help of the mentor.
· Have the mentoring instructor complete the practice teaching evaluation form.
· Complete the Wild Work volunteer form.
· Completion of Child Abuse/Neglect and Adult Central Registry Screens and Wyoming Criminal History Record Prescreens.
· Submit all paperwork for review to the State hunter education coordinator.
· Attend a new instructor orientation within two years of certification.

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