Tim Lemon recognized for outstanding work with hunter education and enforcement in North America
Fairfax, Virginia - Tim Lemon, a hunter education specialist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, has been named the 2013 Hunter Education Professional of the Year for his outstanding community service, recruitment and enforcement efforts for hunter education in North America.
The award was presented at the annual International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) conference in San Antonio last week by NRA Hunter Services Manager Bob Davis, whose department oversees the nominations and selects the winner.
"Tim's work has consistently been essential to the success of conservation efforts and hunter education," Davis said. "All of this year's nominees were second to none, but Tim had the edge."
Sporting 25 years of involvement in hunter education, Lemon started as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer in 1997 before becoming a Hunter Education Specialist in 2001. His well-rounded background help him work with officers and educators in a ways that greatly benefit hunter education.
"Lemon is never willing to settle with 'the way we did it last year.' He is always seeking continual improvement in all of our programs," his nomination reads. "In a day when hunter recruitment and retention is so vitally important, having someone as dedicated, devoted and determined as [Lemon] is invaluable."
A vital resource to his community, Lemon coordinates instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, tree stand safety, wildlife identification, survival, first aid and specialty hunting in all eleven counties of the NC Wildlife Resource Commission's seventh district.
And at a time when school participation in shooting sports is decreasing nationally, Lemon has worked to get 12 local schools participating in live fire range activities. Since taking over the program, the annual district tournament has also jumped from 12 teams in 2001 to 49 in 2012.
That's not all. During his time as Hunter Education Specialist, the district has gone from having 52 volunteer instructors in 2001 to 121 in 2011.
Lemon is also a big supporter of the NRA's International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, having volunteered his services to the yearly event for almost a decade.
For someone who has lived and breathed hunting for a quarter of a century, Tim Lemon has the workings of a great legacy within the hunting education world and we at the NRA would like to thank him for his service.