From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Experienced hunters and trappers interested in becoming volunteer instructors for basic Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE), Successful Bowhunting and Successful Furtaking courses are invited to pass along their outdoor heritage by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
“Becoming a volunteer instructor is one way experienced hunters and trappers can help a new generation,” said Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief. “It’s a fine way to make a difference in your community and improve the quality of education and safety programs. If you’re an experienced hunter or trapper, I encourage you to become a certified instructor for one or all of the agency’s education programs. Quality training is vital to ensure new, young hunters and trappers are both safe and responsible.”
Persons who wish to become instructors should be knowledgeable, experienced hunters and trappers, and be willing to teach at least one class per year. Classes are held at a variety of locations, such as sportsmen’s clubs, fire halls, schools and municipal buildings.
Instructors work with other volunteer instructors, WCOs and Deputy WCOs to plan and teach classes. Applicants need not be experts in every field of hunting and trapping. All teaching materials and detailed lesson plans are provided by the Game Commission.
All new instructors must attend and complete a class as a student within the 18 months prior to or after submitting their application. Also, applicants must pass a background check, assist with at least one student-level class and attend a new instructor training workshop before being certified.
For more information about becoming an instructor, visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us and select Education, then choose Hunter Education and then click on Becoming an Instructor.
Individuals also can request an application packet online or by calling the agency’s Hunter-Trapper Education Division at (717)787-7015.