Release Date: 04/25/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is looking for volunteers to become Hunter Education instructors.  The Hunter Education Division will be conducting several instructor academies to certify volunteers to teach hunter safety courses and bowhunter education student courses. 

The academies are open to the public, free of charge and will be held statewide over the next several months.  The next Hunter Education instructor course is from July 7-9 and the next Bowhunter Education intructor course is from August 9-11, both at the Woodworth Educational Center in Woodworth.  Volunteers must be 18 years old or older to participate in the academy.  Anyone interested in attending or wanting more information about the academies should contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or visit LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

To become a volunteer hunter education instructor, individuals are required to attend a special Instructor Academy for a minimum of twelve hours, successfully complete a mandatory live fire exercise and pass a written test.  There is also a background check conducted on the volunteer.  Topics covered at the academy include hunting ethics and responsibility, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, classroom management, and audio-visual and related equipment training.

Instructor academies are also taught year round by Regional Hunter Education Coordinators at the local level on a by-need basis.  For information about these courses, please contact the regional hunter education coordinator.

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.louisiana.gov.