After a hunter went missing in Johnstown, Pennsylvania last week, the National Rifle Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted a hunter education clinic to stress the importance of safety when out in the woods. Thankfully, the hunter, who was missing for eight days, was found with no injuries the morning of clinic.
But the good news didn’t stop Tom Hindman, an NRA Hunter Clinic Instructor of 20 years, from spreading his knowledge and passion for turkey hunting.
"I find it very important to be able to teach people that there's only one way to [hunt], and that's the safe and ethical way," he explains. “We are required to cover safety, ethics, landowner relations and all conservation practices that must be adhered to [in the clinic]."
Passing down the tradition of hunting to the next generation is extremely important. Learning from a seasoned hunter can create lasting memories, but young or new hunters (and even experienced hunters) are still encouraged to receive proper education and training in order to have safe and enjoyable hunts.
That’s where instructors like Tom come into play.
NRA Instructors are trained through the NRA Hunter Clinic Instructor Program which is designed to teach advanced hunting skills to all hunters. Instructors then go out into their communities and host hunter education clinics to educate sportsmen on topics like Wild Turkey Hunting, Whitetail Deer Hunting and Western Big-Game Hunting.
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