The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 26, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Instructors can pass down a skill

— If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolution yet, here’s one that could let you “touch the future.”

The Game Commission is recruiting experienced hunters and trappers to become volunteer instructors for the basic Hunter-Trapper Education, Successful Bowhunting, Successful Furtaking and Successful Turkey Hunting courses.

As an instructor you would help make a difference in your community and to do something to help pass down your passion for the outdoors to the next generation of hunters and trappers.

The different types of classes will begin in the spring and they will be held at a variety of locations, such as sportsmen’s clubs, fire halls, schools and municipal buildings.

An instructor works with other volunteer instructors and with Wildlife Conservation Officers to plan and teach classes. You don’t need to be an expert in every field of hunting and trapping or a professional educator. Your teaching materials and detailed lesson plans are provided by the Game Commission.

A new instructor must have attended and completed a class, as a student, within the 18 months of submitting an application. Also, one will need to pass a background check, assist with at least one student-level class and attend a new instructor training workshop before being certified.

For more information about becoming an instructor, please visit the commission’s web site at or call the Hunter-Trapper Education Division at (717) 787-7015.

Archery in schools

Maybe 2013 will be the year that more schools in the Valley to add the National Archery in the Schools Program, or NASP, to their physical education curriculum.

“In addition to meeting the physical education curriculum requirements set by the state Department of Education, NASP fosters an interest in archery for these students,” according to Samantha Pedder, who is the Game Commission outreach coordinator and who oversees this program in the state. “Through competition, we hope that the excitement will cause students to want to continue to shoot and expand their archery experience. Among those expanded opportunities are 3-D archery tournaments and, eventually, bowhunting, which are natural avenues for archers to hone and maintain their skills.”

Currently, there are 100 schools enrolled in NASP in Pa.

School officials or sportsmen’s club officers who are interested in learning more about NASP and the start-up grants that are available may contact Pedder at (717) 787-4250, or by email at Additional information is also available at at there’s a great YouTube clip at

Fly-tying class

This is a sure sign that spring is just around the corner: The members of the R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting a fly-tying training series starting on Jan. 14 at the Christ’s Lutheran Church in Lewisburg.

These two-hour Monday classes begin at 7 p.m. and run through March 18.

For additional information, you may call the chapter president Bob Laubach at (570) 966-3379 or you may speak directly to the class instructor Jim Wagner at (570) 473-9256.

A donation of $10 is requested to cover the cost of of the materials. During the class, you will learn to tie dry flies, nymphs, wet flies and streamers. There will be toolkits available for your use during the class sessions or you may bring along your own kit.

Elk patch

Did you get your 2012 collector elk patch yet? This latest in a series of patches that commemorate Pennsylvania’s annual elk hunt is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s web site at or by calling 1-888-888-3459. The patch is very reasonably priced at less than $6. While you’re at it, you can add to your collection by purchasing patches from previous elk hunts for 2001 through 2010. The 2004 elk hunt patch is sold out.