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Today’s Hunter-Trapper Education course covers a wide array of subjects. Here Brandon HEck gets instruction on how a box trap operates. For information on becoming an HTE instructor, go to the Game commission website, highlight the “EdUcaTIon” button, click on “Hunter Education,” and then click on “Becoming an Instructor.”

dents completed the basic classes. Some of the highlights of my tenure have included: coaching a totally blind student, (who passed with a 100 percent score at a distance learning session.) The only thing different in his case was that the WCO read the questions while the rest of the class did the test on their own, and for the picture identification part the WCO put the student’s hand on the part. I had a 76-year-old lady take the class so she could hunt with her boyfriend. In one class a man took the class and qualified for a lifetime license in the same year. We also had a 80-plus-year-old take the class so he could go on a western hunt with his son. I’m sure every instructor has similar memories. At first, most students were boys, but in recent years we see up to 25 percent girls. Hunting is one sport that both sexes can participate in on an equal basis. Over the years, I have been involved with many students and am now teaching to the fourth generations in some families. I have averaged three to four classes each year, with an attendance of 35 to 50 students. In the smallest class there were two students and five instructors. My largest class was 125. To the best of my knowledge, none of my students has ever been involved in an accident of any kind or game law violation. I have received several achievement awards over the years, including Certificate of Appreciation, Dedicated Service, Outstanding Instructor of the District
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(twice), Instructor of the Year for the Northwest Region and, finally, the 50-Year Service Award. These are nice to receive, but they’re just icing on the cake. Probably as important as being able to teach is the fact that I have learned a lot. Do I regret being a Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor? Not for one second. The grin of a successful youngster, the enthusiasm of older hunters, and even the pride of a youngster’s parents makes it all well worthwhile. However, as the age of the instructor cadre increases, we need new, younger people to step up and assume the roles by becoming instructors. Do I plan to retire? No, even at an age of 4-score-and-5, as long as the good Lord allows me to be an effective teacher, I’ll be right there in the classroom. But, we do need help. If you would like more information on becoming a hunter education instructor, contact your local WCO or go to the Game Commission website for information. 
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Long Hollow Gobbler
Oh What a Summer
Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Become an HTE Instructor?
Ready for Reds
The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
Overcoming a Jinx
The 28th Class
The Last Day
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Long Hollow Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Oh What a Summer
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Grandpa’s Last Hunt
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Become an HTE Instructor?
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Ready for Reds
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Memory That Will Never Be Forgotten
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Overcoming a Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The 28th Class
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Last Day
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2011 - Crossings
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