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Hunter, Bowhunter Education Classes In Southwest Montana Taught By Dedicated Volunteers

Hunter and Bowhunter Education instructors in southwest Montana were recently recognized for their years of dedicated service.


Classes in Montana’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs are taught by volunteer instructors willing to share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for hunting. Each in-person class is free, and students gain valuable hands-on experience that help them be safe and successful while hunting.



The region’s 144 active volunteer instructors have nearly 1,600 years of combined experience teaching Hunter and Bowhunter Education, with an average service term of 11 years.

This spring, the following instructors from the region were recognized for achieving milestones of service in Hunter Education:


5 years

  • Austin Moody, Sheridan

  • Emory Adams, Bozeman

  • Kallie Hossack, Butte

  • Artem Pechischev, Bozeman

  • Kimberly Pechischev, Bozeman

  • Glen Sparks, Belgrade

10 years

  • Kelly Bockting, Dillon

  • Hunter Foster, Butte

  • Lynn Foster, Butte

15 years

  • Vanna Boccadori, Butte

  • Craig Boulton, Bozeman

  • James Kelly, Bozeman

  • Greg Vidmar, Bozeman



20 years

  • Mark Kemp, Bozeman

  • Krestin Sharp, Butte

25 years

  • Walter Gordon III, Manhattan

35 years

  • Melvin Kieninger, Butte

40 years

  • Douglas Denson, Twin Bridges



The following instructors from the region were recognized for achieving milestones of service in Bowhunter Education:

5 years

  • Austin Moody, Sheridan

15 years

  • Harry Grim, Sheridan

30 years

  • Gary Dudden, Butte

Hunter, Bowhunter and Trapper Education are personally rewarding for many volunteer instructors. They often feel they are making a difference in the lives of new hunters in ways that can last for generations. Many instructors also discover common interests and camaraderie with other program volunteers.


Montana needs more volunteer instructors in its Hunter, Bowhunter and Trapper Education programs. Anyone with experience in these areas is encouraged to apply. To learn more, visit fwp.mt.gov/hunt/education/volunteer-instructors.


To find a class near you, visit fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education.



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