Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 19

Hunter Education Celebrates By Lori D. Richardson Wildlife Education Specialist 50 HE GAME Commission is celebrating the 50th year of its hunter education program. The program actually started in June of 1958 when a small group of Game Protectors gathered at the agency’s training facility in Brockway for six days. Educators from the NRA taught them how to instruct the subjects of hunter safety and rifle marksmenship. Then, in 1959, a formal, 4-hour program was adopted. By 1966 there were more than 6,000 hunter safety instructors and nearly 85,000 students had been certified. Today more than 1.8 million students have been trained and there are more than 2,400 active volunteer instructors that conduct roughly 800 classes — certifying T about 34,000 students — each year. Hunter safety has since become HunterTrapper Education (HTE) and the new and improved curriculum has been carefully crafted to meet the national standards of the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA). The Game Commission’s updated training is so well designed that natural resource agencies in Florida, Ohio, Oregon and other states have requested permission to use it for training their own students. Twice Pennsylvania’s Hunter Education Division has been asked to train other state agencies in how to create programs that meet the IHEA standards. The updated curriculum has three instructional formats: traditional classroom 1905 1907-the “buck law,” which protected does, is pushed through a hesitant legislature under the premise that it will create a safer environment for hunters 1925 1923-the Game Code is adopted and it lists offenses for which the PGC can revoke hunting licenses 1921-a bill to impose severe penalties upon hunters who shot, wounded, or killed a human in mistake for game sails through the legislature and the PGC is given authority to revoke hunting licenses 1945 1938-a hunter safety program is considered by the NRA, but is tabled by the Great Depression and World War II 1950-a formal course of hunter safety instruction is developed by the NRA, with the assistance of the National Education Association; the course focuses on the safe handling of firearms in the field and includes game identification, orientation, laws, and landowner relations 1953-543 hunting related shooting incidents occur, a record high incident rate of 61.0 per 100,000 hunters 1915-the first year that data on hunting related shooting incidents (HRSIs) is recorded, they number 148, or 56.3 per 100,000 participants SEPTEMBER 2009 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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