A group of 4-H’ers assembled recently at the Mary Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Education Center with one aim in mind — to pass a test in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunter safety course.
For two days, 4-H’ers educated themselves on such topics as ammunition, firearm cleaning and storing, basic shooting and hunting skills, and ethical and responsible hunting practices, as well as understanding wildlife conservation management.
After a time of “hands-on” learning with guns created just for training purposes, the 4-H’ers were equipped with knowledge of how to load and carry the guns. Game warden Jordan Crawford, a Master 4-H’er himself, dropped by the center to encourage the future hunters to obey laws and safety tips at all times.
The 4-H’ers fared well on the written test, as all 19 students received their hunter safety certification.
Instructors for the course were Gail Westcot and C.J. Pinson.
Students earning their hunter safety certification were Chapman Bennett, Raistlin Blanchard, Shelby Calhoun, Katie Howard, Taylor Howard, Emily Jarriel, Luke Jenkins, Candace Kieffer, Morgan Kieffer, Bryan Kieffer, Graham Metzger, Laura Grace Molina, Jordan Muthersbaugh, Emma Strickland, Joshua Strickland, Samuel Strickland, Carlyn Waldhour, Jenna Wells and Logan Westgate.