NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FOUNDATION DONATIONS BENEFIT LDWF HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM

Release Date: 10/10/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Hunter Education Program officially recognized the National Wild Turkey Foundation (NWTF) at the October Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting for donations valued at $25,200.


The donations by NWTF State Chapter President Mike Rainwater and Vice President Glenn Thomas were accepted by LDWF Hunter Education Coordinator John Sturgis.


"The Federation is pleased to fund these vital hunter safety teaching tools so those learning the basics of safe outdoor recreation can be properly trained," said Rainwater.  


One donation for $19,000 provides for the purchase of equipment for the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) that LDWF is introducing around the state.  Eight NASP kits have been purchased for LDWF use.  The instructional equipment will be stationed at LDWF hunter education offices and used to train school teachers to become archery instructors within their schools.


An additional donation of $6,200 will provide for a mobile air rifle trailer to facilitate live fire training.  The trailer can be transported as needed to allow hunter education students to complete their coursework when a shooting range is not available near the course classroom.


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