Two individuals, one volunteer and one conservation ranger, have been selected as Hunter Education Instructors of the Year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Cpl. Travis Sweat with the DNR Law Enforcement Division and Fred Perry are the honorees.
These awards are presented annually in recognition of instructors who display outstanding efforts in educating sportsmen and women on wildlife conservation and the importance of safety while hunting.
“Teaching students to be safe, responsible, ethical hunters is the goal for all instructors” says Walter Lane, hunter development program manager. “Both Cpl. Sweat and Fred Perry are exceptional examples of the type of instructors that can encourage and inspire young hunters.”
MORE ABOUT THE HONOREES
- Cpl. Travis Sweat: Reliability is listed as one of Sweat’s most valuable contributions to the hunter education program. He is the head instructor in three counties, and assisting in additional counties. He handles setup and provides all information for his classes. Sweat additionally promotes hunter education class availability at multiple opportunities and to varied audiences – from senior citizens to school groups.
- Fred Perry: Volunteer. Perry conducts hunter education classes (eight classes in McDuffie County; assisting with four additional classes in Richmond County) as a volunteer in addition to being employed full-time. According to his nomination form, one of his most valuable achievements this past year included recruiting and certifying an additional instructor in the county this year, increasing chances for students in the area to receive the best training.
Both of these instructors were recognized at the recently held 2014 Georgia Hunter Education Conference, and the region each instructor served will receive a $1,000 grant to support the local hunter education program.
For more information on the Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year or hunter education classes, call the WRD Hunter Development Program Office at (770) 761-3010.
The Hunter Education Program is supported by the Georgia Hunter Education Association (GHEA). GHEA was incorporated in 1986 with the goal of providing Hunter Education Graduates a place to apply what they learned in the classroom. Today, the GHEA continues to teach young men and women the basic principles behind firearm safety, hunting ethics, tree stand safety, marksmanship, and other important criteria pertaining to safety in the field. For more information on GHEA, visit their website at www.ghea.net .