West Virginia Hunter Education Association Announces the formation of the West Virginia Hunter Education Hall Of Fame, (WVHEHOF).
An honor of recognition for volunteer instructors that have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements as hunter education instructors. The WVHEHOF recognizes volunteers that through tireless years of dedicated service and commitment have exhibited; leadership skills as team leaders, counties taught in, cooperators as instructors working with the West Virginia Hunter Education Association and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, as well as other conservation organizations such as the, West Virginia Wildlife Federation, NWTF, Ducks Unlimited, Boy Scouts, 4-H Shooting Sports etc., to name a few, community service projects, hunter mentoring and recruiting new association members and acts of sportsmanship.
This will be our first year to honor six (6) volunteer instructors from those nominees, by essay that are nominated by DNR regional training officers, members of the association and the WVHEHOF committee. Like everything else there are determining factors that has allowed the association to settle on the number six (6) inductees, mainly a budget to pay for items of recognition, plaques and etc. During the year 2016 the WVHEHOF committee will be accepting nominations for next year up until the deadline of February 1st, 2017. "This is not an easy process, deciding inductees from all of the great nominations for 2016," stated one on the HOF committee. "There are also intangibles to consider for each nominee to make it even harder to select inductees." "It is very hard for some to have enough information for someone that they would like to have nominated unless you know them very well."
The criteria will be verified by DNR records to keep the recognition honorable. It is great way to honor those that have done so much to keep our woods safe and to project a good image of the hunter, as well as protecting the Hunting Heritage.
For more information on the West Virginia Hunter Education Hall Of Fame contact, WVHEHOF committee chairman, Bob Leasure, @ 304-758-4374 or WVHEA President Glenn Jones @ 304-965-6816. Other contact info available on the Contact information page of this web-site. Check this web-site later this year to see a list of the 2016 inductees. The 2016 Class of WVHEHOF inductees will be recognized at the 2016 Hunter Education Appreciation Day celebration on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at Jackson's Mills.
We are a non-profit organization of Certified Volunteer Instructors working diligently as a partner with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) to administer the Hunter Education Program.
We cherish the opportunity to share our knowledge of nature and enable people to enjoy our heritage and the outdoors regardless of ability or interest. Organized in 1996, dozens of certified volunteer instructors annually donate thousands of personal hours of time inside and outside the classroom.
In 1999, the WVHEA launched the Special Needs Program. Whether it is a 10-year-old at their first class, or a person with 10 years outdoors experience, anyone who requests or needs special attention can receive individualized training. Class presentations are adapted for individuals with physical impairments such as hearing or mobility. These DNR sponsored Hunter Education Courses are open to the public and are FREE.
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