Hunter Education Instructor Academy May 14-16

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct its annual Hunter Education Instructor Academy on May 14-16 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp, south of Junction City. The academy - required every three years for KDWP-certified hunter education instructors - will feature speakers, seminars, hands-on training, and opportunity to interact with instructors from across the state. Both mandatory sessions and a series of elective topics will be included. The academy is for currently-certified hunter education instructors only.

Jim Posewitz, author of Beyond Fair Chase, will give the keynote address on Friday evening and conduct seminars on the hunting heritage throughout the weekend.

"Jim has become one of the most effective, eloquent, and entertaining leaders of a movement to educate hunters in the ethics, traditions, and heritage of hunting," says Wayne Doyle, statewide coordinator for KDWP's Hunter Education Program. "He will convince you that the heritage of the hunt is a proud part of the history of mankind, and his seminars will teach our instructors how to pass this idea to their students."

All day Saturday and Sunday morning will be devoted to various seminars and classes. On Saturday evening, participants will go to Sportsman's Acres and Milford Reservoir for various shooting events, a barbecue dinner, and an awards presentation. Participants must bring their own shotguns and lawn chairs, but 12- and 20-gauge ammunition will be provided.

Meals and lodging also will be provided. However, a $50 refundable deposit will be required upon registration. Those who register but do not show up for the event will forfeit their deposits. Lodging will not be provided for those who live within 35 miles of the event.

The event will begin with supper at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 14, and end at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16. Space is limited to 300 participants. For more information, phone (620) 672-5911 and ask for Hunter Education.