The state’s top Hunter Education Instructor awards were presented by Commission Chair Chip McGeehan to two amazingly dedicated individuals at last week’s meeting of the Missouri Conservation Commission.
Michael Mansell was named the Hunter Education Volunteer of the Year for 2007. He’s from the Kansas City region. Even though he’s a trucker on the road all over the United States throughout the year, he made time in his hectic schedule to teach 10 hunter education classes. He goes beyond the traditional class by bringing along clothing he made from furs he trapped and prepared himself, showing trapping techniques along with his handmade longbows and muzzleloaders. He also stepped up as one of the first instructors in his region to pilot the online hunter education course being developed. On top of all that, he still found time to help with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge Program. When I asked him how he found the time to do all this he said, “I just love doing it.”
Conservation Agent Randy Doman was awarded the Missouri Agent Hunter Education Instructor of the Year 2007. He was in Dade County last year, though has since moved to Northeast Missouri. His efforts to reach out to individuals of all abilities were especially noteworthy. He set up a hunter education course for those with visual disabilities and developed an outdoor skills camp out for youth ages 4-18 from the Joplin Association of the Blind. He also advanced programs for Special Needs Preschoolser, Osceola Outdoor Skills Camp for Deaf Children and NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen events. And those are just a few of the many other programs and events Randy has worked on to help a great variety of people safely enjoy Missouri’s outdoors.