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Hunter Safety Education in Calhoun County, Alabama
Local volunteers teach hunting and firearms safety locally.
By Norman Morrison
                      

Hunting Safety Education in Calhoun County, AL

   
Hunter Safety in Calhoun County Alabama    

     Seems like Conner Crumley of Oxford, Alabama is always hanging around teaching hunting safety in Calhoun County and surrounding areas. He's been at it since the early 80's and had taught the state course to countless kids and adults alike.
     Early on, the hunter course given by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries officials and volunteers was all voluntary. Since 1991 it is mandatory that anyone born on or after August 1, 1977 who wishes to get a hunting license must take the course.
     Crumley is a volunteer instructor. In most states which have this program (49), the bulk of the teachers are volunteers. To become a member of this elite teaching corps you must successfully complete the regular hunting safety course plus teach two classes...and then pass the state instructor certification test. It's not hard, but it's thorough. Instructors are also background checked.
     Traditionally, Hunter Safety courses have been the "traditional" 10 hour variety which usually take 4 evenings to complete and are taught by the volunteers or Conservation Enforcement Officers. Recently, Alabama introduced the CD course in which students use a CD Rom on their computer to study, and then complete a "Field Day", to demonstrate that they have learned their lessons.


Conner Crumley, Hunter Safety Instructor, demonstrates the tree stand safety harness.ner Crumley de

     Regardless of the method used, the student is taught the basics of firearm and hunting safety, game care, survival, and first aid, and above all safe firearm handling. Students range in age from 10, to can't hardly any more. No matter the age, the material is so interesting and well thought out, that everyone stands to learn new things. There is never a boring evening at a traditional hunter safety education class.
     Volunteer instructors have always been central to the success of the program. From its inception, the Alabama Hunter Education program has relied on local people with the ability, desire, and drive to teach. Though Enforcement officers are taking a larger role these days, especially with the labor intensive Field Days, the Volunteer Instructors still play a large part. The Department actively encourages responsible adults to come forward and offer service in this important activity. Especially since the program became mandatory in 1991, hunting accidents have taken a nosedive in Alabama. Hunter Safety Education works!
Would you like to become involved with the Alabama Hunting Safety Education Program?
Contact Conner Crumley for details about the local organization:
Conner Crumley, Oxford  256-831-0802 or for email: HunterEducation

To read more about the program: http://www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/education/  
or visit the Alabama Hunter Education Association website... http://www.huntereducation.net/

 
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