Pennsylvania Game News - January 2014 - 47

By Dan Schmidt

Forest County WCO

Making a
Difference
S

ELFLESS and dedicated is the
best way I can describe the Game
Commission's volunteer HunterTrapper Education instructors. Every
year these individuals conduct
hundreds of classes, certifying many
new hunters.
These instructors are often the first
PGC representatives the students
encounter, but their lessons influence
new hunters for years. They are
volunteers in the truest sense of the
word, receiving no compensation.
The PGC's Basic HTE Program
has evolved over the last decade,
maintaining a standard that is used
throughout the country. This standard
was established by the International
Hunter Education Association.
After the basic HTE course, no
student leaves the class an expert
hunter, but definitely a safer hunter.
Topics include firearms and archery
nomenclature and handling, tree stand
safety, responsible turkey hunting, basic
trapping, laws and regulations, shot
placement and ethics.
The PGC has also established
advanced courses that not only
reinforce lessons from the basic course,
but expand knowledge in archery
hunting, turkey hunting and trapping.

JANUARY 2014

In the future, the PGC plans to add
classes on muzzleloader hunting and
wingshooting.
If becoming an instructor
is something you want to pursue,
the process is simple. First, call the
Game Commission region office for
your county. Your information will
be passed on to your local wildlife
conservation officer. You'll complete
an application packet and after it's
approved, you'll attend new instructor
training. This involves some home
study and instruction from the regions
information-and-education supervisor.
Within 18 months of your initial
training, you'll attend an HTE class as
a student, and then under the guidance
of veteran instructors, assist at a class.
I recommend you start with the basic
HTE course, which will offer you more
opportunities.
The PGC holds annual update
training sessions for all instructors. To
remain certified, you must attend at
least one of these meetings every two
years and teach a class every two years.
The look on that new hunter's
face when he or she receives the
certification card is priceless, and
makes being an instructor a satisfying
experience.
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