Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will honor the service of its Region 3 Hunter and Bowhunter Education volunteer instructors at workshops held in Butte this Saturday (Quality Inn & Suites) and Bozeman on Sunday (Gran Tree Inn – Bozeman).

These volunteers help shape the future of hunting in Montana by providing would-be hunters with training in safety, ethics, conservation, and the handling of firearms and archery equipment. In Region 3 alone, these volunteers instruct about 1,000 students each year. It’s a big responsibility, and often requires a large time commitment for which the Department is especially grateful.

Receiving special awards at the end of this year’s workshop are numerous instructors with service ranging from 5 to 35 years! All service award recipients receive a plaque, while some reaching certain milestones receive gifts of appreciation including engraved knives, belt buckles, and more.

Instructors with 25 years or more of service include: Mel Keininger of Butte (25), Doug Denson of Twin Bridges (30), Vinny Vacca of Bozeman (30), and John Steele of Manhattan (35).

FWP is thankful to have hundreds of qualified instructors across the state, and always welcomes new additions to our ranks. For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter Education instructor, call Andrea Jones in the FWP Region 3 Information and Education Office at (406) 994-6931.

Logo courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

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