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Nominate the Grand Valley Hunter Education Instructor of the Year

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting all students who took Hunter Education in 2013 to nominate their choice for the 2013 Grand Valley Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.

The award recognizes the invaluable contributions and commitment local volunteer instructors have made toward making hunting one of the safest of all outdoor activities.

“They are truly the backbone of this program,” said District Wildlife Manager Frank McGee. “We often hear from students about how much they enjoyed the class, so this is one way they can give back to those that spent hundreds of hours each year teaching the course.”

To nominate your candidate, mail an essay of 500 words or less, to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

c/o DWM Frank McGee

711 Independent Ave.

Grand Junction, CO 81505 Submissions can also be sent to

All submissions must be submitted before midnight, Friday, May 30. The winner will be honored at a public barbecue on June 7.

The number of students taking the course has increased significantly in recent years, both locally and across Colorado. As the demand increases, so does the need for additional instructors to ensure that students are able to take the course in a timely manner.

“We are grateful that we have a dedicated core of volunteers to teach this course,” said McGee. “But there is a significant and growing demand, both here in the Grand Valley and across the state. We can always use additional help.”

He encourages anyone interested in becoming a volunteer instructor to contact the Grand Junction CPW Office at 970-255-6100.

“Helping our future generations learn safety, responsibility and ethics in the field is truly one of the more rewarding experiences you will ever have,” adds McGee.

With the support of Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel, approximately 500 trained and certified Hunter Education volunteer instructors teach over 700 classes across the state each year.

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