Hunter Education graduates 38 from latest class
KINGMAN - Graduation ceremonies were held on Sunday afternoon at the Mohave Sportsmans Club's 7-Mile Hill range, as 38 persons ranging in age from 10 to 57 graduated from the two-weekend (35-hour) resident Arizona Hunter Education course.
Students were taught by a cadre of volunteer instructors who included Jim Jett, Lynn Tonkinson, Marsha Rute, Rad Green, Bill Riehle, Jerry Eaton, Jim Rich, Tammy Bollinger, Bob Shaw and Page McDonald. Forrest Keller assisted the team on the field day exercises. Don Martin is the chief instructor.
The graduates had to complete a workbook and a hunt regulations worksheet, plus they received instruction on conservation and wildlife management; hunter responsibilities; compass; firearms and bow identification and safety; wildlife identification; game recovery and care and special concerns.
Each member of the class completed live fire courses with a bow and arrow and a 22 rifle, plus each one participated in a series of simulated hunts on an outdoor course at the range.
Students had to demonstrate knowledge on how to safely cross a fence, remove firearms from a vehicle, and what the laws are for hunting small and big game.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will also award each graduate with a permanent bonus point that will assist in the drawing of big-game tags in the future.
The top honor graduates for the class as voted on by the instructors were 13-year-old Paige Prentice, 11-year-old Josh Allen, 16-year-old Merissa Coffin, and the top honor graduate was 16-year-old Manny McCoy.
The names of these four students will be submitted to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to be entered into a special drawing that could lead to them being given an all-expenses-paid pheasant hunting trip at the Chauncy Ranch in Cordes, Ariz.
Winning the overnight fishing trip was Manny McCoy. McCoy then drew the name of classmate Holly McFadyen, who was awarded the same fishing trip as part of the class's good student program. Both are now entitled to go with a parent/guardian on an overnight striper fishing trip on Lake Mead with Martin.
The next two-weekend resident class taught by this team is set for March.