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MN DNR hunter education instructors needed

Participants in the DNR Firearms Safety course practice under the watchful eye of instructor Paul Eiler. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Participants in the DNR Firearms Safety course practice under the watchful eye of instructor Paul Eiler. Photo by Rhonda Silence

In recent years, School District 166 began offering outdoor recreation safety programming to sixth grade students. Classroom instruction incorporates the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and hunter/firearm safety courses.

Since the school began offering this opportunity, attendance in these programs has increased. At the same time, MN DNR certified volunteer instructors are getting older and are not always able to help with the field day testing. Volunteers are needed to help keep these safety programs going.

Coming up in September is a course for people interested in becoming a Hunter Education Firearms Safety Instructor.

The course will be held at the Silver Bay Community Center on Outer Drive in Silver Bay at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. Those who complete this class are then able to help conduct youth DNR firearms safety classes and field days.

Anyone interested in the course can find get  information from Regional Training Officer Mike Lee by emailing mike.lee@state.mn.us.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence sat down with Paul Eiler, a DNR volunteer firearms instructor for over 20 years, asking him why continues to be part of this program.

This isn't the first time with spoke with Paul. We caught up with him and several students during a recent Hunter Education Firearms Safety course in Fall 2016. mike.lee@state.mn.us. WTIP’s Rhonda Silence sat down with Paul Eiler, a DNR volunteer firearms instructor for over 20 years, asking him why continues to be part of this program." target="_blank">Learn more about the hunter safety course in this short feature.