SPOKANE -- Seven charter members of Washington's 40-year-old Hunter
Education Program will be honored at the Washington Hunter Education Instructors
Association's annual jamboree at the Spokane Rifle Club June 7-8.
Honored for 40 years of volunteer service will be Fred Burr of Seattle, Bob
Fahnestock of Chehalis, Howard Gardner of Tri-Cities, Lloyd Jeter of Seattle, James
Kramer of Kirkland, Bill Newby of Marblemount and Charles Thomas of Seattle. Sam
Dietz of Pullman will be recognized for 35 years of service. Don George of Pullman will
be honored for 30 years of service.
Washington's Hunter Education Program began in 1957 with a state law
requiring anyone under 18 years of age to successfully complete a safety and
conservation course before purchasing a hunting license. Volunteer instructors trained
by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Hunter Education staff
provide the free courses.
In the past 40 years, more than 500,000 hunters have been trained through
Washington's Hunter Education Program. On average, the instructor honorees have
each taught more than 1,500 students.
"These gentlemen obviously reflect the qualities of dedication, enthusiasm, and
skill we seek when we recruit new instructors," said Mik Mikitik, WDFW Hunter
Education Coordinator in Olympia. "Each of these instructors deserves both credit and
public recognition for their respective roles in the success of Washington's hunter