Arizona Hunter Education graduates 27

These are the state’s newest hunter ed graduates after they graduated from a class at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill Range.

Photo by The Daily Miner.

These are the state’s newest hunter ed graduates after they graduated from a class at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill Range.

A team of volunteer hunter education instructors recently held a combination Hunter Education class and online field day at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill range.

According to Chief Instructor Jim Rich, there were 17 students ages 9 through 67 years old in the Hunter Education classes.

The top graduate for the class was Kingman resident Barrett Fulton, age 16. Fulton was awarded a set of 10x50 Bushnell binoculars courtesy of the Mohave Arms Collectors Association, and he will be going out with his father on a one-day varmint hunt with Bob Shaw.

There were two Good Student award winners for the class. Kingman residents Joey Norbert, age 13, and Justin Bagarry, age 12 took those honors and were each given a pair of 10x50 binoculars courtesy of the MACA.

The online field day portion of the class had 10 students, some from as far away as Phoenix, in attendance.

Students ranged in age from 10-56 years old, and according to Rich, “one of the best prepared youth participants we’ve ever hosted at an OFD (online field day) event.”

Top graduate in that group was 10-year-old Phoenix resident Nicole Szabo. Szabo “aced” the field day portion of that class and scored a 98 percent on her final test.

Volunteers from the Kingman area who assisted on the classes included John Schmidt, Jay Chan, Mike Thompson, Jamaica Smith, Johnnie Hoeft and Page McDonald.

Volunteers who assisted that were from the Bullhead City area included Rich, Kevin Ward, Tim Thibodeaux and Anthony Cortese.

Rich said he did not know when the next resident hunter education class would be held in the Kingman area, and that students should go to the Department’s website at www.azgfgd.gov and go to Hunter Education to check for classes.