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hunters. The plan requires the development and distribution of a suite of recruitment tools focused on attracting new volunteer hunter education instructors. A theme title, “Pass It On” was selected to emphasize the importance of continuing our hunting and trapping heritage. The recruitment tools include: • DVD — A 6-minute video that features the role and importance of volunteer instructors and how to apply. This DVD is shown at 2009-10 the conclusion of all hunter education classes, at sportsmen’s clubs, county fairs, sport shows and other public venues. • Banner Displays — Fourteen attractive, full-color displays are now in use at shows and fairs statewide. They include the capability to loop the above video. • Brochure — A full-color, tri-fold design highlighting the duties, expectations and rewards of being a hunter education instructor. It also includes application information. More than 2,500 copies have been printed and distributed since January 2010. • Internet Content — Both the DVD and a modified brochure appear on the agency’s website under the navigation title, “Becoming an Instructor.” The site is linked to an online application request form. During the reporting year, 42 hunting-related shooting incidents occurred, a rate of 4.45 incidents/100,000 license buyers. This marks a 27.3 percent increase over the previous year. The previous year’s number of 33 incidents was the all-time low since records began in the early 1900s. Part of the increase was a rise in the number of spring turkey hunting incidents, 10, as compared to 8 the previous year. Another increase was noted with 15 deer hunting incidents compared to 12 the previous year. However, the total number of incidents recorded this year is below the current 10-year average of 51.1 incidents per year, with a rate of 5.15 incidents/100,000 license buyers.
Improve the public’s appreciation of wildlife, and their awareness and understanding of wildlife resource management.
Game News continues to be the primary voice of the Game Commission, and the hunting stories, natural history content and, as always, Field Notes, remain popular with many readers, not just in Pennsylvania, but throughout the country and to our servicemen and women throughout the world. Game News also features articles about Game Commission research and management projects, law enforcement accounts by our WCOs, and agency news. We’re in our third year of posting entire Game News issues online. The online version allows users to conduct searches, go directly to particular features and, by using a zoom feature, make the type larger and easier to read. Broadband Internet works best. Two individuals won craft awards for their work in Game News. From the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Bob Steiner received the “Best Published Magazine Photo” for “Raccoon,” in the January 2009 issue. Gerald Putt captured the “Best Published Art Award, sponsored by GATCO Sharpeners/Timberline Knives, for “Royal Flush,” featured on the October 2009 cover.
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