Class of 2016 INDUCTEES

         Bill and Beulah Talkington 

Class of 2017 Inductees

Ken Heinlein

Don Welch

Floyd Burl Utt

Randy Benear

Robert Leasure

Bill and Beulah Talkington from New Martinsville, were nominated as a TEAM and as individuals for their dedication and commitment to the West Virginia Hunter Education program. They have taught Hunter Safety since 1968 and for over 41 years in New Martinsville, Wetzel County, WV offering both spring and fall classes, making nearly 4000 student hunters safer in the woods and range. Both as team leaders, have conducted 95 classes. Beulah, with 9,274 hours of instruction and Bill with 8,571 hours. Being life members of the NRA, they conducted air rifle classes for over twelve consecutive years and developed Air Rifle Teams that had national winners of the WV Air Rifle Teams at West Virginia University. One of their students was selected to Ohio State University Rifle team. Bill also, as an extension of their gun shop ran a trap range, teaching shooters how to be their best. Beulah taught BB Gun safety classes for several years for the area Cub Scout Camps. Bill has been a former WVHEA State Volunteer Instructor of the Year. He has set the standards for young hunters and shooters for his accolades in competition shooting for the NRA in all aspects of shooting; Muzzleloader, Rifle, Rimfire and Shotguns. They have both recruited many new instructors through their own team and encouraging others by their commitment to the Hunter safety Program. Bill has been the firearms dealer for the Lewis-Wetzel chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for over 20 years and the firearms dealer for the area MOOSE Lodge. Bill was also inducted into the WV Wild turkey Hall of Fame for his work with youth. Bill and Beulah were teaching Hunter Safety before the WV DNR set-up official classes. These are only a few of the reasons they were nominated for the WVHEHOF.

Bill Talkington:

· Hall of Fame Amateur Trapshooting Association

· NWTF member

· NRA Life member

Beulah Talkington:

· State Recognition, WV Wildlife Federation

· 4-H Shooting Sports, for work with youth

Mike Rokles

Mike Rokles from New Martinsville, was nominated to the WVHEHOF because of his commitment to Safety and Ethics. Mike has been teaching for over 25 years. Mike has been certified to teach in four states; West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Mike taught with the Talkington’s team in Wetzel County for 17 years, and took over the Wetzel County class as Team Leader when the Talkington’s retired. Mike has taught also for over 15 years with the Tyler County Team. He has been a lead instructor in Hannibal, Ohio f since 2007. He once traveled back from Tennessee to help teach a class in Tyler county, WV. He has taught in at least five counties in WV. He has also been a facilitator in District 1 for several years recruiting instructors to help the state regional training officers. He has worked at WV state Archery in the Schools competitions as a master score-keeper. He has worked in the WV National Hunting and Fishing Days WVHEA booth and at the West Virginia Hunt Show. Mike is a passionate turkey hunter and has worked at local NWTF J.A.K.E.S. events, both conducting seminars and running shooting stations as a range master for .22 caliber rimfire teaching safe firearm handling, unloading and loading as well as scoring over 122 shooters for a competition shoot. Mike teaches concealed-carry classes, always recruiting new shooters and hunters to the shooting sports. He has written articles for the local newspapers promoting safety and ethics. Mike is also a WVHEA board member representative for District 1. He has worked on several committees even helping to make questions on the WVDNR Hunter Safety Test more valuable. Mike also came up with a Homework Page for the HE students to be able to know the WV regulations information. Mike is also a District 1 WVHEA Volunteer Instructor of the Year. 

. Mike Rokles activities include:

· Member Moose Lodge 931

· NRA member

· NWTF member

· WVHEA Life member

· NRA Basic Pistol Instructor

· Glock Armorer

. Coached youth softball for 6 years

· Coached Girls High School Soccer (4years )

· Coached Girls High School Softball (4 years )

· Girls High School Basketball Statistician

. NWTF Banquet Committee Member

. Conducted Archery stations at Boy Scout camps.

. President of the New Martinsville youth Basketball league (14years)

George Skinner

George Skinner from Lumberport, was nominated for the many years of service and commitment to the WVHEA. He has been an instructor since 1990. He was the Harrison County Team leader from 1990 till about 2008. He assisted with new instructors, helped set-up classes and maintained materials for the classes and assisted the RTOs with recertification classes. He has taught classes in Harrison, Lewis and Marion counties. He has been the lead instructor in twenty-six classes, help teach several handicap-accessible, (signing) and has taught over 5,000 students. George was a District 1 WVHEA Volunteer Instructor of the Year; and State WVHEA Instructor of the Year that same year. George is a Charter member of the WVHEA, being one of the original signers in 1995. He was very active in the association’s conception. He was the first Secretary/Treasurer for the organization and continued until about 2002. He is a board member today and has served on the board in different offices since the association’s beginning. George has recruited several association members that now serve or has served on the board of directors for the WVHEA. George is an avid sportsman and enjoys passing on the heritage of the outdoors to young hunters.

George Skinner’s activity in other organizations include:

· 6 1/2 years US Army

· 1950’s Ground Observer Corp

· Elk Creek Watershed Association

· American Legion Post 31

· Fraternal Order of Moose 929

· Harrison County Hooked on fishing/Not on Drugs

· Coached Youth Baseball 6 years

· Worked with Boy Scouts

· Two terms as Constable of Harrison county

· Snowshoe Resort Deer Hunt for disabled hunters

· Works Election Polls



Charles Russel of Wellsburg, was nominated to the WVHEHOF inaugural Class of 2016 because of his leadership skills and commitment to Hunter Safety. Charlie was a volunteer instructor for over twenty years; and has taught three to five classes every year that he has taught. He taught classes in two counties. He was a very instrumental in the founding of the West Virginia Hunter Education Association. He served as President and also as the association’s treasurer. Charlie taught classes at his local sportsman’s club and help teach youth at West Virginia’s National Hunting and fishing Days for ten years. He has helped the WVHEA with fundraising to keep it funded and running. He enjoyed teaching Archery in the schools, Boy Scouts, 4-H and other local organizations. He has served in several capacities on the board of directors for the association and various other committees. Charlie was also a State, and District 1 WVHEA Volunteer of the Year. He also has taught both adult and youth NRA Gun Classes. Charlie has always been a great recruiter for the shootings sports always encouraging both new and young hunters to safely enjoy the outdoors.

Charles Russell’s other activities include:

· Working with local NWTF/J.A.K.E.S. events

· Federal Firearms dealer

· Brooke County Sportsman’s Club

· NRA member

. 25 Years Assisting at the National Hunting and fishing Days with Trap shooting instructions.

. Vice President of the Weirton Urbon Bow Hunters Association.

. Past Treasurer fot the Brooke County Sportsman Club, and on the Board of Directiors ( planning shoots).

Charles  Russell

Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones of Elkview, was nominated too, for his organizational skills, commitment to the WVHEA and as the organization’s leader as president for several terms, (12 years) and dedication to reach as many people in the public with the hunter safety mission. Glenn has taught classes for over 20 years, as a team leader. Glenn has taught classes in Kanawha, Putnam, Wirt and Roane counties during that time. Glenn is currently serving as President/Chairman of the Board of Directors for the WVHEA. Glenn spends many hours looking for ways to promote the association’s interests and the Hunter Ed program by Improving the classroom book that the instructors teach from, improving methods of teaching, and improving the tests. Glenn works closely with the RTOs to facilitate new recruits and training new instructors. Glenn tirelessly works for the Hunter Ed program; setting up booths at the local K-Mart, Sets-up the booths at the WV National Hunting & Fishing Days, the WV Hunt Show and is working the booths non-stop, leading by example. Glenn works the Archery in the Schools Program State tournament each year. Glenn will gladly give up a day of hunting to take a new or young hunter out introducing them to the joys of hunting. He will take the necessary time to show a new hunter how to safely shoot a gun or bow. He also teaches concealed handgun classes. Glenn works many hours organizing the Annual WVHE Rendezvous, working with the WVDNR and the committees to ensure that it runs smoothly. Glenn is a 3-time State, and 4-time District. WVHEA Volunteer Instructor of the Year.

Glenn Jones Feels it is always important to:

· Lead by example

· Get the facts correct/follow the bylaws

· Be on time

· Work together for the good of the WVHEA

· Encourage each other to do all you can

· Protect the Image of the Hunter to insure the future of the Hunting Heritage

Lt. Tim Coleman

Lt. Tim Coleman of Barboursville, served for 36 years, working for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Law enforcement section as an officer and over half of that time as an instructor for the Hunter Education program. Lt. Coleman’s passion was always for what the Hunter education program stands for, always trying to find ways to fulfill the mission. Lt. Coleman constantly made the certification of young hunters his mission while still juggling the many other state  responsibilities level at headquarters. He was an inspiration to those that worked for him and with him.

While working as the State Training Coordinator, Lt. Coleman had the opportunity to work with many non-governmental organizations. To name a few they include; the National Rifle association, International Hunter Education Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, 4-H Shooting Sports, Boy Scouts of America, Archery in the Schools and public shooting clubs. When asked by these organizations for assistance, he always answered with, “What time do you want us there?” Lt. Coleman believed that the future of hunting and the future of the shooting sports rested on the availability of programs that he could provide.

He was well known and highly thought of and during his illness numerous individuals from other states would ask of him and his health. All of the positive comments could not fit on this page. Lt. Coleman knew all of the state coordinators on a personal level and was genuinely admired by all that worked around him. Lt. Coleman was not only known throughout the Hunter Education realm, but known worldwide throughout the Boater Education realm as well. His peers knew him as the gentle giant that only spoke when something needed to be said. There was a conversation between Lt. Coleman and the coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education. She stated, “No matter what was going on, Tim never lost sight of what was important, the youth.”

After all that he had been through with his illnesses, he had encouraged one volunteer instructor that had just undergone open-heart surgery and lost his son in the same week, and was thinking of quitting as an instructor by telling him, “Take some time, but keep on doing what you’re doing.” That encouraged that instructor to never miss a class and he hasn’t in over twenty years. This speaks volumes of the kind of character he was and the kind of person that worked for the hunter Education Program. When he got ill, he was worried about the WVHEA and hoped it would continue to prosper and grow and was confident that it was going to be in good hands. Again, Lt. Coleman was known not only throughout the nation, but throughout many countries and provinces for his good works.

Robert Leasure

Ken Heinlein of Sistersville, was nominated for his involvement with the WV Hunter Ed program in Tyler county, assisting District VI DNR officers and RTOs implementing the county’s Hunter Ed Classes for more than 22 years. Ken taught classes in Tyler and Pleasants counties both as lead instructor and assisting other classes taught by DNR officers till about the year 2000. Ken always encouraged the new instructors to teach often and to do more. Ken as lead instructor held classes both spring and fall over the years. Ken as a cooperator, also worked with other local organizations, doing whatever he could as a volunteer instructor representative.

In 2003 he was instrumental in helping the Wetzel County Police Dept. install a system for Lost Child Alert Technology Resource, (joining them with 1300 other law enforcement agencies across the nation.) Ken also worked with the area Jaycees BB Gun Safety and led by coaching two teams to go to National Championships in 1985 at Slippery Rock, PA and later in Bowling Green, KY where both teams would medal; his coaching spanned over ten years. Ken also, was range master for several NWTF J.A.K.E.S. field events for BB Guns.

Ken was very organized as an instructor, working with the District RTO, facilitating the Hunter Safety Program for DNR officers and making classes available to the public. Ken retired when his work with a Communications Company had him on call 24 hours a day. Ken always tried to encourage young ones to take Hunter Safety and to get involved in the Shooting Sports; not only for safe hunting but for handling firearms safely.

Ken Heinlein also recognized for:

• US Army 1965-68, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Rifle Expert

• American Legion Post #67 Trustee

• Vice-Commander American Legion Post #2

• Current member VFW Post #6327

Randy Benear

Glenn  Jarrell

Don Welch of Barboursville, was nominated for over 18 years of leadership with the WV Hunter Ed program. Don was named as the “Lone Wolf” for the way he filled or dominated the role of Team Leader in the classes he instructed in. Don taught for a while by himself with only help coming from his RTO or the local DNR officer. Don has always made the student the priority of his classes. Don has taught in four counties of the state, and was sought out to teach from other areas other than his own location.

Don has remained active throughout his volunteer instructor’s career, being active in many sporting clubs. Don has been very active with the NWTF’s J.A.K.E.S. Day events. He was very instrumental in the planning of the many Cabell county chapter events. Because he is an NRA Range instructor, he has always assisted with range duty. From Cabell to Wayne county he always is the first to know of when these events are scheduled, even before the DNR officers do because of his keen interest to the programs and willingness to be of assistance. Don has also been very active with Boy Scouts of America. Because he is also a Boy Scouts Range Officer, he has worked the ranges during the Jamborees and other events.

Don’s true passion has always been the shooting sports, always making sure to get every child involved with trap-shooting or .22 caliber rifle range shooting. Also, Don has assisted with the WV State Sherriff’s Camp, Wayne County Hunter Education Live Fire Range Day and National Hunting and Fishing Days. At one-time Don was the Cabell/Midland Archery in the Schools coach and led them to several State Tournament Titles.

Don Welch also recognized by WVHEA District  Volunteer Instructor of the Year (5) times

·  WVHEA State Volunteer Instructor of the Year

·  Shooting Sports Director of Boy Scouts Camp (11) years

·  Worked Gun Ranges at J.A.K.E.S. events (15) years

·  Assisted DNR gun ranges

·  Firearms instructor with Special Needs Youth Sportsman, 3 years

Floyd “Burl” Utt, of Belleville, was nominated because he was a great mentor to the youth, through his Volunteer work. Burl was an instructor of Hunter Education since July of 2001. He has taught classes in Wood, Pleasants and Doddridge counties. Burl was a very passionate instructor and was District VI Volunteer Instructor of the Year in 2012. Burl was very dependable and help cover classes on very short notice when emergencies arose with other instructor’s classes.

Burl was a 4-H Leader for over Forty Years. He was on the Wood County 4-H Trustee Board for twenty-seven plus years. He was awarded the highest honor in 4-H, the All-Star Award. Burl was the foundation for the Shooting Sports program in Wood County 4-H. he was one of the most dependable volunteers for the 4-H Ox Roast every year. He taught Hunter Education classes during 4-H Camp’s activities.

Burl was an advocate for the National Wild Turkey Federation and a very passionate turkey hunter. Burl donated his time on the Air-Rifle Range each year at the annual J.A.K.E.S. events for the Mid-Ohio Valley chapter of the NWTF. He helped instruct hundreds of children in the proper handling and safety of air-rifles. A lot of children were blessed to have Burl teach them to shoot their first air-rifle. Burl also mentored and introduced many youths to the turkey woods. Burl was also a very passionate coon hunter that introduced many youths to the tradition of coon hunting with hounds. 

Burl Utt, other areas of involvement:

· NWTF J.A.K.E.S. event committee several years

· Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle

· District VI Instructor of the Year 2012

Glen Jarrell of Charleston, nominated to the WVHEHOF for over ten years of service to the WV Hunter Education program. Glen has taught at least ten classes of each year. Glen teaches each class from start to finish. Glen also mentors young people to the sport of hunting through Archery in the Schools Program, Trophy Hunters Association and through church Youth activities. Glen is also the main contact for the West Virginia Hunt and Fishing Show each year in Charleston. Also, each year is valuable to the WVHEA booth at National Hunting and Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Glen has helped out at special local events promoting safe hunting practices at (K-Mart and Wal-Mart). Glen serves on the WVHEA Board of Directors, representative for District V. He is currently serving on the WVHEHOF committee. He has taught at least three counties, with numerous classes. Glen has been District V Volunteer Instructor of the Year; and also, State Volunteer Instructor of the Year. 

Glen Jarrell also active with:

· Working with Youth at Church

· DNR’s Archery in the Schools State Competition

· Works with the DNR on special projects

· Putnam County Youth Day

· West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center

· Youth Days for the US Sportsmen’s Alliance Trailblazer Program

· Beyond the Back-Yard Youth Program

· Continuing to help with 2016 Flood recovery

· Chairman for the WV Trophy Hunters Assoc.

· Currently serving on the WV Wildlife Endowment Fund, Governor’s Board of Trustees

Randall Benear of Cross Lanes, nominated to the WVHEHOF for over sixteen years of service, teaching eight to ten classes each year. Randy has served on the WVHEA Board of Directors for over twelve years as a district representative, committee head and vice-president of the association. Randy was instrumental in getting class paperwork into the computer system for registration making it easier to register for classes, class rosters and class records. Randy has helped to promote Hunter Education by helping out at handicap accessible hunts, Archery in the Schools, Youth Church activities and special events for the WVHEA. He runs a booth at the WVHEA DNR Rendezvous each year. Randy was the person that developed the first webpage for the WVHEA, also it was the first of its kind in the United States; and continuing to offer his help for the webpage.

Randy has recruited several new instructors for the Hunter Education program. Randy has been District Volunteer Instructor as well as State Volunteer Instructor of the Year. He is currently also serving as co-chairman for the WVHEHOF. 

Randy Benear also:

· Served WV State chapter Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF Chairman/coordinator

· Event Coordinator for 2 Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF Fun & Learn events

· Coordinator for 1 Wheelin’ Sportsmen/J.A.K.E.S. Hunt at Mountwood Park

· Worked J.A.K.E.S. event .22 Rimfire Rifle Competition for 2 age groups

· Worked with DNR Special Needs Antlerless Hunts at Snowshoe Resort

· Instrumental in developing 1st DNR-Dedicated Handicap Class at Institute, WV

With 176 students, (36 of which were special needs participants)

· Technical advisor for computers and programs for WVHEA

· WV State chapter NWTF “James C. Pack Award - Director of the Year”

Bob Leasure of Alma, was nominated for his dedication to the Hunter Safety Program and the promotion of safety, ethics and passing on his knowledge to youths that he comes in contact with. Bob works with other instructors from other areas in neighboring counties and runs the class in Tyler county as team leader, and helps teach in Wetzel county, and has taught in Doddridge and Pleasants counties, and also assists with teaching classes in Monroe County Ohio. Bob is a WVHEA life member and IHEA member; and currently serving on the WVHEA board of directors, as District VI representative and serves on various committees. He has helped with fundraising for the WVHE Appreciation Day for several years. Bob has been teaching for over (20) years in West Virginia and in Ohio for (10) years; and was a District VI Volunteer Instructor of the year. Bob tries to recruit new instructors to help teach classes and add to his team. Bob really enjoys introducing young/new hunters to the outdoors, hunting, trapping and fishing. He is dedicated to preserving the Hunting Heritage; this is shown from his involvement with the National Wild Turkey Federation:

• Serving as chapter president of the Middle Island Longbeards for over 20 years. Leading the chapter to earning, WV Governor’s “DNR Sports Organization of the Year”, several Golden Gobbler Achievements, and was WV’s 1st 5-Star Chapter running for seven years.

· NWTF Silver Life Sponsor member

• Local J.A.K.E.S. event coordinator leading the Middle Island Longbeards to win WV’s 1st National award. Including Six, (6) national awards for J.A.K.E.S. events in different categories, including “Best of the Best Award”, earning them to be inducted into the NWTF’s “Outreach Hall of Fame.”

• District Director for West Virginia, covering Hunting Heritage Banquets.

• West Virginia State Volunteer J.A.K.E.S. coordinator, 15 years.

• WV Wheelin’ Sportsman/NWTF event co-coordinator, (2 events +1 hunt).

• West Virginia’s 1st Women In The Outdoors (W.I.T.O.) Event Coordinator.

• Coordinator of the chapter’s three youth squirrel hunts and one youth deer hunt.

• Coordinator of several NWTF Sanctioned Calling Contests and J.A.K.E.S. Turkey shoots.

• Judge for (3) Cabela’s Calling contests, and Master of Ceremonies, (1)

• Local Banquet Chairman for over 18 years; earning Chairman’s Award

• Was recognized by WV state chapter for; “Breast Feather Award” – Volunteer of the Year, “Boss Bird Award” – Chapter President of the Year, “James C. Pack Award” – Director of the Year, Nominated by the WV state chapter for, Governor’s “Sports Person of the Year”

• Signed -up over 4000 J.A.K.E.S./XTREME J.A.K.E.S. members. Leading his chapter to be 1st - most years in J.A.K.E.S. sign-ups.

• Worked with school clubs and after-school day plus programs giving seminars on outdoor safety and taught Hooked On Fishing/Not On Drugs

• Was Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor

• Also helped, Cub Scout Camps – Air Rifle/BB Gun Safety, Girl Scouts, FFA and 4-H

• Taught Hunter Ed classes for 4-H Camp.

• NRA Member

• Member West Virginia Wildlife Federation

• Duck’s Unlimited member

• Took over 52 new hunters to kill their first deer, twenty to kill their first turkeys and over 100 kids to catch their first fish.

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