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Local Support for WVDNR’s Volunteers

By Staff | Aug 18, 2021
Shannon Anderson State Farm Insurance Agent of Sistersville, donates Muzzle Loader package to WVHEA
Charles Stout owner of Country Roads Ford in New Martinsville, donates Steeler team signed football to WVHEA

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Section will hold their Annual Appreciation Day on August 28th, at Jackson’s Mill. It’s a day that the DNR holds annually to show how much they appreciate all of the many hours the volunteer instructors log into the state’s Hunter Education Program. There are six, (6) districts in the state that has over 150 active volunteer instructors to implement the classes within each county of the state. The classes are set-up and scheduled by the WVDNR through the cooperation of the volunteer instructor’s donated time and hours of commitment to the program. Each year volunteer instructors work with each other to schedule these classes, free of charge, to the public.

If you need a class, you must register online at register-ed.com prior to attending the class to get certified. Persons needing to be certified, (anyone born on or after January 1st, 1975) need to take and pass a Hunter Education Certification Class prior to purchasing any Hunting and Trapping license. You can go to the website and see where a class is scheduled near you. Two classes are offered this fall, locally: one at the Alma Fire Hall in Tyler County {August 21st, from 8 am -5 pm, 22ndfrom 1 -5 pm.} Also, locally a fall class will be offered in Wetzel County at the Mollohan Center on {September 11th, 8 am-5 pm, 12th, 1-5 pm.}

Each year the WVDNR shows their appreciation for the volunteers by hosting a Rendezvous for the instructors to be thanked with a day of activities. There is an organized Clay Bird Shoot, .22 Range, and some “Just -4 -Fun,”Skillet Toss, Rollin’ Pin Toss and Corn Hole Toss. A Recertification Workshop is available for instructors needing to update. There’s also an Antler Scoring Contest, HUHT SAFELY Bingo and a raffle/auction and door prizes. The JACKSON’s MILL state 4-H Camp has been hosting the event for several years,and there everyone can enjoy a fine dinner prepared by their cooking staff. Also, the DNR recognizes instructors for their dedication to the Hunter Ed program with certificates for years of service; also, the DNR recognizes the Volunteer Instructor of the Year for each of the six districts and the State Volunteer Instructor of the Year. The WVDNR and the WVHEA also has a “HALL OF FAME” ceremony for those instructors that have given of their time and gone beyond what is required of a volunteer instructor.

Local support has been very good and State Farm Insurance agent, Shannon Anderson has donated the firearm to the Hunt Safely Bingo Game for the past four years and is Donating a Muzzle Loader package for this year’s event. Charles Stout, owner of Country Roads FORD has donated an exclusive to Pittsburg area Ford dealers, a 2014 NFL Pittsburg Steelers football signed by the whole team and staff as a fund raiser opportunity for the event. To thank the individuals and businesses for the donations in recent years, they are listed on the West Virginia Hunter Education Association state website, (wvhuntered.com), as Friends of the WVHEA. If you and/or your business would like to make a donation to the West Virginia Hunter Education Association, locally contact Bob Leasure at 304-758-4374 or Mike Rokles at 304-815-2877