Volume 35 HUNTER EDUCATION
Fall - 2009
NEWS & IHEA JOURNAL
Are You Exposed ...? pound ATV rolled over on an in-
Minimizing Risk and Injuries ? structor who was backing up ramps
onto a truck bed causing broken
Do we practice what we preach? ribs and a punctured lung, ambu-
By Capt. Mike Hammer lance ride and hospital stay.
As Instructor our whole focus is to edu-
cate folks on how to prevent accidents. Proper safety planning is a 24/7
We are specialized in our messages job. We need to be conscious of
depending on what Safety Program we risks all the time in whatever we are
facilitate. Many times we get focused doing. Assess your risk when in-
HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM
FIREARMS SAFETY /ADVANCED
on our specific messages and forget volved in all activities .
the other risks that are involved with
any outdoor recreational activity. Trail- Part of any risk assessment process
ering or loading boats, ATVs, snowmo- is equipment matching and mainte-
biles or props and equipment for a nance. Is my equipment main-
Range and Field Day always pose a tained properly and being used
risk. properly? Are the loading ramps big
or strong enough for the equip-
In the past 3 years we have experi- ment? How steep is the angle of the
enced several serious injuries to our ramp? How far are you stepping
fellow instructors, all involving load- down? Are there any holes, rocks,
ing or unloading vehicles and equip- snow, ice, or ratchets that could
ment from trailers or truck beds. cause a slipping, tripping or falling
hazard? What is present at your
D I V I S I O N O F E N F O R C E M E N T
Examples: Instructor was stepping off training site that could pose a haz-
E D U C A T I O N S E C T I O N
of a truck bed while carrying props for ard to you or your students? Work
a Range and Field Day and severely with your fellow instructors to re-
twisted his knee which required sur- duce your risk of injury before dur-
gery and extended time off from work. ing and after your course.
In another, the instructor stepped off a Take time to assess your risks and
trailer on to a ratchet tie down and develop a plan to minimize or elimi-
broke his ankle. Again resulting in lost nate potential problems before they
time from work. Most recently, a 600+ happen.
Camp Ripley’s Believe It or Not?
A bear hunter, who had been reminded several times by his hunting partners to snap his
holster on his .44 Mag pistol because it kept falling out, was shot by his own gun. As a
young witness observed, as he climbed up his ladder stand, the pistol popped out of the
holster. As the pistol fell, the hammer struck the bottom rung, causing it to go off, striking
the hunter in the elbow. This could have easily been a fatal mistake…..
Inside this issue:
NEW FINAL EXAM Page 2
UNCASED FIREARMS LAW Page 3 Page 2
NEW MBEP ON-LINE OPTION Page 4
CLASSROOM SAFETY TIP Page 6
YOUTH HUNTING OPPERTUNITIES Page 9
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION Page 10
LAW CHANGE = EXAM CHANGE
The 2009 Legislature once again brought changes to instructors, hunting and firearms en-
thusiasts and our EXAM. Because of the change relating to Firearms Transportation in/on
Motor Vehicles, we needed to change two test questions on the FAS Hunter Education Final
EXAM. Questions 8 and 46 were
modified to reflect the change al-
NEW FINAL EXAM
lowing for uncased/unloaded.
New exams are being shipped with
all fall, winter and spring supply re-
quests. If you need additional New
Exams contact Rachael at our
warehouse. The newest version is
identified as Test– Version August 2009….The current answer key and student answer
sheet will not change. Your old exams should be destroyed once you get the 2009 version.
Reminders from Ripley/Notices/Special Offers
Please remember that you MUST Instructors: Please DO NOT IHEA INSTRUCTOR
submit your order for supplies at HOLD CERTIFICATES OR TEM-
least 30 days prior to the start date PORARIES from your 11 Year DISCOUNTS
of your class. This insures that you old Students. Below are just a few of the 23 com-
will receive your supplies well be-
fore the starting date. Please check ALWAYS ISSUE Upon Suc- panies that can be found on the
your supplies immediately upon IHEA Instructor Special Offer page
receipt and notify us if there is cessful Course Completion... on the IHEA web site at:
something missing. Their Certificate becomes valid www.ihea.com
* * * * * * * * * *
at age 12. Thanks Hunter Safety Systems -Full
Please remember to check the age
of your students prior to the start of body Harness 1-877-296-3528
your class. Several rosters were Please Help!!!
again received with students who The Independent Study Instructor Alan Madison Productions DVD/
could not lawfully be in the class List on our website needs to be up- Videos 1-887-404-3311
because they were too young. dated. Please go to: Henry Repeating Arms Com-
* * * * * * * * * * http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ pany
Please call or e-mail us with any firearms_isa/index.html and click .22 rifles both Lever and Bolt ac-
questions or comments that you on the volunteer instructor (pdf) to tion 718-499-5600 or
have. Your comments and sugges-
tions help us to provide better ser- access the list. Please find your www.henryrepeating.com
vice to you and our students. name and verify the information.
* * * * * * * * * * * Email any phone number or email Check out all of these dis-
address changes to counts and the IHEA on-line
Please insure that checks written
for courses are properly filled out. email@example.com. If you store at www.ihea.com. All
We have received numerous checks wish to be removed from the list, these companies and the
that are not signed. Banks will not IHEA fully support you and
accept unsigned checks. what you do for youth and
* * * * * * * * * Each Conservation Officer has hunter education.
So far in 2009 over 9,000 students computer projectors and DVD/
were certified in Hunter education VCR players for you to use for your
Youth Firearms Safety. course. Some also come with Federal Cartridge Company
* * * * * * * * * * computers. Please take advantage Has training aids available for pur-
of this user-friendly equipment. chase. For more info, contact Ryan
The new prerequisites for instruc- Bronson at 763-323-3872 or
Bring the latest technology to your
tor training are working great… firstname.lastname@example.org
Check-out the instructor web site. classroom.
VOLUME 35 PAGE 2
Law Change Doesn’t Change our Message
Gun Cases Should be Used
The 2009 Legislative session caught us all by sur- section 87A.01, subdivision 3, where the person has re-
prise. A State Law that has been in effect since 1917,
was modified to allow for uncased firearms (long ceived permission from the lawful owner or possessor to
guns) in or on motor vehicles under certain circum- discharge firearms; lawfully hunting on private or public
stances, like hunting and target shooting. As of July
land; or travelling to or from a site the person intends to
1st ,2009 the Firearms in Motor Vehicle law reads as
follows: hunt lawfully that day or has hunted lawfully that day,
MN Statute 97B.045 unless:
(1) within Anoka, Hennepin, or Ramsey County;
A person may not transport a firearm in a motor vehi-
cle unless the firearm is: (2) within an area where the discharge of a firearm
has been prohibited under section 471.633;
(1) unloaded and in a gun case expressly made to con-
tain a firearm, and the case fully encloses the firearm (3) within the boundaries of a home rule charter or
by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise statutory city with a population of 2,500 or more;
fastened, and without any portion of the firearm ex-
(4) on school grounds; or
(5) otherwise restricted under section 97A.091,
97B.081, or 97B.086.
(2) unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehi-
cle; or (b) For the purposes of this section, a "pistol" includes
(3) a handgun carried in compliance with sections a weapon designed to be fired by the use of a single hand
624.714 and 624.715. and with an overall length less than 26 inches, or having a
barrel or barrels of a length less than 18 inches in the case
Subd. 2.Exception for disabled persons. of a shotgun or having a barrel of a length less than 16
inches in the case of a rifle:
The restrictions in subdivision 1 do not apply to a dis-
abled person if:
(1) from which may be fired or ejected one or more
(1) the person possesses a permit under section solid projectiles by means of a cartridge or shell or by the
97B.055, subdivision 3; and action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or explo-
sive substances; or
(2) the firearm is not loaded in the chamber until the
vehicle is stationary, or is a hinge action firearm with the (2) for which the propelling force is a spring, elastic
action open until the vehicle is stationary. band, carbon dioxide, air or other gas, or vapor.
Subd. 3.Exceptions; hunting and shooting ranges. Pistol does not include a device firing or ejecting a shot
(a) Notwithstanding provisions to the contrary under measuring .18 of an inch, or less, in diameter and commonly
this chapter, a person may transport an unloaded, uncased known as a "BB gun," a scuba gun, a stud gun or nail gun
firearm, excluding a pistol as defined in paragraph (b), in a used in the construction industry, or children's pop guns or
motor vehicle while at a shooting range, as defined under toys.
Our message continues to be: The practice of casing firearms before
transporting in/on motor vehicle has many benefits.
Provides an extra measure of safety - The last step in making sure your firearm is safe.
Look in the chamber -Feel the chamber - Case
Provides protection to valuable firearms from scratches, nicks and dings and weather.
Cased means you never need to wonder if you are legally transporting in a regulated
area or city.
Case handles and slings offer easy carrying options.
Portrays a positive image of hunters and firearms users.
Volume 35 PAGE 3
On-Line Bowhunter Education
Option will be available in 2010
The demand for MBEP The following States and
Courses has been a chal- Provinces currently Re- The National Bowhunter Education Foun-
lenge to keep up with. quire Bowhunter Educa- dation (NBEF) announced the launch of a
Many more States are tion Certification prior to new educational initiative targeting tree
stand hunting accidents. Dubbed “Project
now requiring Bowhunter purchasing an archery li- STAND” (Stop Tree Stand Accidents „n
Education Certification. In cense. Deaths), the program is designed to raise
addition, several of the tree stand safety awareness and signifi-
special deer hunts around Alaska cantly reduce the number of deaths and
the state also have the re- Connecticut injuries caused by tree stand accidents.
quirement. Because of Project STAND is a national outreach pro-
Idaho gram, which will be conducted outside the
this more folks are look-
ing for MBEP Certifica- Maine normal structure of traditional hunter and
Montana bowhunter education courses. The ongo-
tion. The NBEF has an on ing updating of traditional hunter and
-line training program that Nebraska bowhunter education courses will con-
meets the IHEA Standard New Hampshire tinue.
for Bowhunter Education. New Jersey
We are starting to work New Tree Stand Safety Course is now available on
with the NBEF to get an the DNR web site at
on-line option up and run- Rhode Island http://www.hunterexam.com/treestandsafety/ and
ning by early spring of South Dakota http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/treestand/
2010. With this new option Vermont
we will be looking for ex- New Brunswick
isting instructors and re- Nova Scotia
cruiting new instructors
to offer this new option.
Do you need additional instructors certified
or have program questions? Contact the Co-op-er-a-tion
Regional Training Officer (RTO) in your area.
RTO Names, Phone Numbers and E-mail:
aid, alliance, assistance, cahoots, coali-
NW - Todd Manley
218-566-2268 tion, collaboration, combination, com-
email@example.com bined effort, communion, company, con-
NE - Shelly Patten
cert, concurrence, confederation, doing
firstname.lastname@example.org business with, esprit de corps, federation,
Central - Frank Rezac fusion, give-and-take, harmony, help, help-
email@example.com fulness, logrolling, participation, partisan-
SW Metro - Ross Opsahl ship, partnership, playing ball, reciprocity,
651-686-7998 responsiveness, service, society, symbio-
NE Metro - Bruce Lawrence sis, synergism, synergy, teaming, team-
651-674-2705 work, unanimity, union, unity
Southern - Jeff Fleming We are all of these
VOLUME 35 PAGE 4
Is Your Class Benefiting From All That Please call Camp Ripley
Minnesota Has to Offer for Instructors and update any change of
and Your Students? address or phone numbers.
Minnesota Volunteer Safety Instructors Association 1-800-366-8917
MVSIA Can Help !
WHO WE ARE:
MVSIA WAS FOUNDED IN 2006 AT THE REQUEST OF THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF IMPORTANT NOTICE
NATURAL RESOURCES. THE MN DNR IDENTIFIED A NEED FOR A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION Our E-MAIL
TO HELP SPONSOR TRAINING SEMINARS AND ACQUIRE/DISTRIBUTE FUNDING FOR TRAINING ADDRESS IS CHANGING IN
AIDS FOR INSTRUCTOR TEACHING TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. DECEMBER TO:
BY WORKING WITH THE MN DNR STAFF, THE PURPOSE OF MVSIA IS TO HELP INSTRUCTOR
TEAMS FORM AND/OR JOIN LOCAL CHAPTERS IN ORDER TO HELP BUILD A STRONGER TRAIN- firstname.lastname@example.org
ING PROGRAM IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. THROUGH OUR Just drop dnr out of the
501(C)3 NON-PROFIT STATUS, MVSIA IS ABLE TO HELP CHAPTERS RAISE FUNDS FOR VARI- previous address or all new
OUS NEEDS RELATING TO MN DNR SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAMS. THESE NEEDS MAY IN- e-mails to staff.
Call if you have questions….
CLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO): CLASSROOM PROPS, FIREARMS FOR CLASSROOM AND
RANGE USE, AUDIO/VIDEO EQUIPMENT, COMPUTERS, AND RANGE ACQUISITION/
ENHANCEMENT FOR RANGE/FIELD REQUIREMENTS.
MVSIA CAN AND SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST CALL TO FIND OUT INFORMATION REGARDING THE
ACQUISITION FOR FUNDING IN SUPPORT OF THE DNR EDUCATION PROGRAMS. MVSIA HAS
CONTACTS IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES ALLOWING FOR DISCOUNTS ON PRODUCTS. A LIST OF Instructor Organizations
CURRENT MERCHANTS/DISCOUNTS IS AVAILABLE UPON INITIAL CHAPTER APPROVAL, AND AN
ANNUAL UPDATE WILL BE SENT TO EXISTING CHAPTERS. THROUGH MN DNR/MVSIA
SPONSORED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SEMINARS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN NEW TIPS AND Ron Harmon Sr.
TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YOUR TEACHING SKILLS. THESE SEMINARS WILL BE HELD MFIA President
THROUGHOUT THE STATE, MAKING IT EASIER FOR ALL MEMBERS TO ATTEND. MVSIA’S PRI- 6528 53rd Street North
MARY BENEFIT IS COMMUNICATION AMONG AND BETWEEN CHAPTERS AND INSTRUCTOR
Oakdale, MN 55128
GROUPS THAT ALLOWS MENTORSHIP AND THE SHARING OF IDEAS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT
OUR DNR INSTRUCTOR PROGRAMS ARE THE BEST QUALITY POSSIBLE. Email:
SCHEDULED EVENTS AND SERVICES email@example.com
YEARLY INSTRUCTOR RENDEVOUS – LEARN HOW TO REQUEST AND USE THE MN DNR’S
NEWEST TRAINING GUIDE AND DVD WHILE INTERACTING WITH INSTRUCTORS FROM Franklin Flack
THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA. BY POOLING RESOURCES FROM THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA, MVSIA Interim President
MVSIA ALLOWS YOU TO BORROW EQUIPMENT (OVERHEAD PROJECTORS, DVD PLAYERS, Home: 763-323-8601
ETC.) FROM OUR EQUIPMENT BANK. LEARN HOW TO INCORPORATE YOUR INSTRUCTOR Cell: 612-309-9370
GROUP TO FUND THE VENUES OR PROGRAMS YOU NEED. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GET IN TOUCH WITH INSTRUCTORS IN YOUR REGION WILLING TO ASSIST IN YOUR CLASS-
ROOM. LEARN HOW TO RECRUIT NEW INSTRUCTORS AND GET THEM INVOLVED IN YOUR
PROGRAM SO THAT YOU CAN INCREASE RETENTION AND REDUCE TURNOVER. WE ARE A
NEW ASSOCIATION DEDICATED TO SERVING ALL OF MINNESOTA.
WE ARE A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION MADE UP OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO HAVE AN
INTEREST IN PERPETUATING THE SHOOTING, ARCHERY, AND MOTOR SPORTS IN MINNESOTA.
WE HAVE A UNIFICATION PLAN TO BRING TOGETHER ALL INSTRUCTORS
AND INSTRUCTOR GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE DNR PRO-
VIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR CLASS PRESENTATIONS. MVSIA CAN HELP
YOU NETWORK WITH INSTRUCTORS WHO HAVE CREATED UNFORGETTA-
BLE CLASSROOM EXPERIENCES!
CONTACT US AT MVSIA.ORG
Volume 35 Page 5
Mentoring for New Instructors
by Northeast Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence
Over the last two years, I have noticed an increase with parents,
members of church groups, college graduates and military person-
nel coming aboard to join the pool of DNR certified volunteer safety
Regional Training Officers (RTO’s) can only focus on major compo-
nents of a specific safety program in the few short hours of instruc-
tion. Potential new instructors could really benefit from mentoring
as they go forward as volunteer instructors. Current and active in-
structors with 10, 20, 30 plus years in Hunter education, snowmo-
bile, ATV, and Bowhunting education are a valuable resource for
new instructors to gain experience from.
As RTO’s conduct safety instructor training sessions, they ask po-
tential new instructors if they are part of an existing instructor
group or an individual looking for a place to join. Usually, new in-
structors already have a group or an organization in place. How-
ever, a few individuals want to create their own safety instructor
groups but still would benefit from guidance on how classes are
planned, created, and instructed.
If you have a location and the availability to take in and show a new
instructor the procedures and “know how” to become an effective
instructor, I ask you to give your local RTO a call or send a message
in an email. We don’t ask for a long term commitment. Even if you
provide some mentoring in a one-time class setting situation (on the
job training), you enlighten a new instructor to an understanding on
the material and teaching concepts to become a confident instruc-
I have heard exceptional positive feedback from a few new instruc-
tors about their recent opportunity to be participating in and step-
ping in as an actual instructor for firearms safety. Their fears and
confusions went by the wayside after having this “hands on” ap-
Reminder...10 and 11 Year old Youth Can Now Hunt Big Game
Without a Certificate...Page 2 of Student Manual is Incorrect
Many of you were caught by surprise by the 2008 law changes relating to ages for big game hunting and hunter education require-
ments. We at Ripley, were also caught by surprise. Because of the legislative change, we have approximately 27,000 Student Manu-
als that don’t have the correct chart on page 2. We have been supplying and will continue to put the correct chart with supply re-
quests until we run out of the current manual and make correction to a new printing. So what does that mean? You will most likely
keep getting the current manual and a corrected chart until the summer of 2010.
We keep receiving calls here in reference to the age change and advise parents on the change and direct them to get a copy of the
2009 Hunting Regulations either at their local license vender or from the Hunting Regulations PDF that is on the DNR web site.
There is no change in the minimum age to take the Hunter Education Firearms Safety Course.
All students must be 11 by the beginning date of the course and certification becomes effective on their 12th birthday.
Volume 35 Page 6
2010 IHEA Heritage Hunt contest forms are in the New Hunters Handbook
Look for the May 09 edition that you will find in your supplies. The contest form is on page
65. Keep our lucky streak going….In the past 7 years MN has won 5 times. Please encour-
age your students and instructor team to fill-out the card and mail it in…It could be a group
activity as you discuss your class plan or planning a hunt. Don’t Forget You Could Be The
Next Winner… If you mail it in…?
Classroom Safety Tips
Firearms Safety classes which have firearm stations/tables in their classrooms to allow
students to view and handle firearms can use a rather inexpensive item to indicate an
The photo below has a Blaze Orange Weed Whip line run thru the barrel protruding
from the chamber and end of the barrel. All firearms should have some sort of Empty
chamber indicator. A commercial grade weed whip line, like shown in the photo, will
last years before replacement is needed.
If you have an idea or suggestions to make a safety training class Safer/Smoother – send your
idea to us (photos encouraged). Send to our address here at Camp Ripley or email enforce-
Volume 35 Page 7
Instructor Pride Sticker
Don Booth and his fellow instructors from Chaska have made an Instructor Patch
Pride Sticker. They want to make it available to all instructors around the state.
Stickers are in both 4 inch and 4.5 inch diameter and are made of full color, UV treated
vinyl to last for a long time. The 4.5 inch stickers are $5.00 each; 4 inch diameter stickers
are $4.50 each; each price includes all shipping and handling costs.
Mail payment to: Don Booth, 2616 Schuller Court, Chaska, MN 55318
Your order will be shipped without delay.
Questions? E-mail at either: email@example.com or call in the evenings,
OPTIONS CAN BRING MORE FUN!
At a recent Range and Field Day in
Morrison Co. students were given the
opportunity to experience some of
our optional activities... Adding
made this a longer field Day
but the kids and instructors wouldn’t have
it any other way...
Send us photos of your students in action
you might see yourself and some of your students
featured in a future newsletter.
Volume 35 Page 8
Opportunities Abound for Introducing Kids to Hunting
What would you have missed if someone hadn’t
shown you the outdoors and what it offers? Could
you bait a hook, identify a tree, pitch a tent or flush a
bird? Today’s world is different but kids are the
same - they’re naturally curious, thirsty for adven-
ture and always ready to explore. The outdoors is
still there. So make students and parents aware of
the special seasons, hunts, weekends and fishing
activities listed here. They’re designed to get you
involved and kids interested. Also, they’re meant to
let you help a kid discover the joy of being outdoors.
Discover Your Outdoors
Visit mndnr.gov/mentoring for more on all these great outdoors opportunities
Youth Deer Hunts: Target this variety of fall deer hunts with a youth at various State Parks and Wildlife Management
Areas (WMAs) throughout Minnesota. Partners include the MDHA, MSAA, BSW, Minnesota State Parks, Friends of Ry-
dell and NWR. August deadline for applications.
Small Game Opener: Hone those small game hunting skills with a youngster. They’ll come in handy when the big game
season comes around. The weather is just right to bring your hunting buddy from the indoors to the outdoors starting
September 19 and running thru February 28th, 2010.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: Share the sights and sounds of the marsh with a youth 15 or younger (no license re-
quired). This special day in September is for the youth; adults leave their firearms at home and let youths in on all the
secrets duck and goose hunting has to offer.
Youth Mentored Waterfowl Hunts: Calling all youths between 12 and 15 years old to hunt with a seasoned Ducks
Unlimited mentor. The lottery deadline comes around mid August for the September hunt at Hamden Slough Wildlife
Refuge, just outside of Detroit Lakes. Set your sites on the DNR web site for additional information.
Take A Kid Hunting Weekend: Bonus day! Take a youth 15 or younger hunting and you can both bypass the license
requirement for the weekend. Both youth and adults must comply with regular seasons, limits and other regulations.
Youth Mentored Pheasant Hunts: Get the rush of the flush with an experienced Pheasants Forever mentor when this
lottery event comes around in August. Hunts are held in October.
Firearm Safety Courses: Get prepared early this year. Spring is a great time to get certified. If you are 11 or older jump
online and visit the DNR web site.
Apprentice Hunter Validation: You think you want to go hunting, but you’re not sure. Minnesota residents born after
Dec. 31, 1979, who are 12 or older and have not completed firearms safety training, can purchase this validation, which
allows them to hunt provided they are accompanied by a licensed adult hunter and hunt within unaided and visual con-
tact of that licensed hunter. The apprentice hunter also must purchase all necessary licenses and permits.
Youth Big Game Hunting: 10 and 11 year olds under the direct supervision and within immediate reach of a parent or
guardian may take deer, bear and elk. Check the 2009 hunting regula-
tions for more information.
Reduced-Priced Youth Licenses: Reduced priced individual youth li-
censes are available for residents and non-residents younger than18.
With the exception of muzzleloaders, the special youth firearms deer
license is valid in all firearms seasons and areas.
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Hunts: A great experience with a Minnesota
Wild Turkey Federation hunting mentor, parent or guardian and a youth.
Applications are accepted in February for April hunts across Minnesota’s
wild turkey range.
Free Fishing In State Parks: Camp yourself on the beaches of a Min-
nesota State Park and fish for free. Minnesota residents fish free within
the boundaries of the state park. For more details visit: mndnr.gov/parks.
The opportunities continue to grow….
Volume 35 Page 9
2010 Firearms Safety Hunter Education
Instructor Academy and Rendezvous
(Learning Sharing and Fun for All)
Minnesota Volunteer Safety Instructors Association (MVSIA)
and The Friends of Advanced Hunter Ed (FAHE)
Invitation to all FAS, MBEP, and AHE Instructors
March 26th through 28th, 2010
15000 Highway 115, Little Falls, MN 56345-4173
Everyone is invited to our Spring Training Academy and Rendezvous at
Camp Ripley located North of Little Falls off of Hwy 371. The Minnesota Volun-
teer Safety Instructors Association (MVSIA) and The Friends of Advanced Hunter
Ed (FAHE) are co-sponsoring the Academy. It will be a fun weekend of discus-
sions, training seminars, shooting, and fellowship. We will have use of Camp’s
North Rifle Range for our shooting demonstrations and competition. If you can
make it Friday evening, we will have a Potluck dinner starting at 6:00 – bring your
favorite wild game dish to share! Saturday will include a DNR presentation for
“field day” activities and several break-out sessions. Sunday will include the
FAHE shooting competitions. See our web site for more details (mvsia.org)!!!
We have set the schedule so you can just attend the main events on Satur-
day or make a fun weekend of it. There is space for over 100 people, so come
alone or bring your whole instructor team and join the fun. We need your regis-
tration to us by March 1st, 2010. Our schedule, registration form, and additional
information are located on our web site at mvsia.org. The first 50 registrations
will be put into an Early Bird Drawing for a special door prize. See you there!!!!
Questions on the program, registration form or housing visit the website
(mvsia.org), or call Steve Morin at 952-881-1407, call Marv Ziner at 763-441-
2822, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volume 35 Page 10
Partners in Education Conservation officers
quickly realize that
one of the primary
A Conservation Officer or anyone in the law enforcement ways to obtain com-
field has numerous ways of achieving compliance with the
pliance with statutes
laws and regulations they are asked to enforce.
and regulations is
The most obvious and traditional method of achieving compli- through the lowest
ance is when the officer arrests and incarcerates a violator or rung on the Enforce-
issues a written citation in an effort to obtain compliance from ment Continuum—
that individual. Officers may also issue “written warnings,” or “Education”
give “verbal warnings” to violators in an effort to achieve
compliance with whatever statute or rule that is being violated.
Conservation Officers quickly realize that one of the primary
ways to obtain compliance with statutes and regulations is
through the lowest rung on the Enforcement Continuum—
Education plays a very large role in any law enforcement
agency’s efforts to obtain compliance with the statutes and
rules they are asked to enforce.
Any Conservation Officer you talk to will tell you he or she would
much rather educate someone in the classroom than
have to deal with that same person in the field after a violation.
Conservation Officers work very hard to establish relationships Please encourage and
and to educate the public on rules and regulations. invite your Local Con-
servation Officer to be
A portion of a Conservation Officer’s workload is to administer
part of Your Team.
the Division’s educational programs in his/her work area.
Officers rely heavily upon the volunteer instructors in their areas
to assist and support them in their efforts to educate the public Instructors and
in the classroom instead of in the field. Conservation Officers
working for a common
A rather large piece would be missing from the “Enforcement goal can play a huge
Continuum,” that a conservation officer deals with every day, part in compliance
without the assistance of volunteer instructors. with laws, rules and
safety in every
The importance of the relationship between the conservation community.
officers and the volunteer instructors they work with cannot
be stated enough. Your coordinated
The volunteer instructor is the key link for the Conservation
efforts plant the seeds
Officer in the education programs. Likewise, the Conservation of our future.
Officer is the key link to promoting, supporting and providing
volunteer instructors for the education programs. This is the
basis for the education programs in the Division, and the
cornerstone for what many call “Community Policing.”
Volume 35 page 11
ST PAUL MN
Permit NO. 171
DIVISI ON OF ENFO RCEMENT
EDUCATIO N SECTIO N
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Enforcement, Education Section
15011 Hwy 115
Little Falls, MN 56345-4173
New e-mail address
Modeling safe, responsible, &
ethical behaviors for hunters
(New web )
Websites and Information
INSTRUCTOR WEB PAGE: Adaptive Equipment for Dis- 1. Click on Instructor
www.mndnr.gov/safety/ abled Hunters, Resource,
instructors/index.html www.disabledhunters.org 2. User Name is “instructor”
Register your class online Izaak Walton League: 3. Password is: “gohunt”
& sign up for the “Listserv www.iwla.org
Mail Service”! Ducks at a Distance Waterfowl For Video’s, DVD’s Alan
ID Guide: Madison Productions, Inc.
VISIT ORGANIZATIONS www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/ Toll Free 1-877-404-3311 or
ON THE INTERNET tools/duckdist/index.htm www.alanmadison.com
Bird Wing ID: http://
Ranges MN www.dnr.gov/ digitalcollections.ups.edu/ Daisy Lazer-Ed Training Rifles,
shooting_ranges/ slater/ call customer service at 1-800-
Ducks Unlimited: ducks.org Turn In Poachers: 713-2479
IHEA: www.ihea.com www.turninpoachers.org daisy.com
NBEF: www.nbef.org To access the volunteer discus-
NSSF: www.nssf.org sion section of the IHEA web-
MDHA:mndeerhunters.com site, go to www.ihea.com *Please notify us if you
www.pheasantsforever.org 1. Username = “volunteer” have a change of address
www.ruffedgrousesociety.org 2. Password = “huntsafe”
or phone number .*
Saf. Club: www.sci-dc.org To access the instructors re-
N.W.T.F. www.nwtf.org source section of the IHEA
web site, go to www.ihea.com