September/October 2017 Volunteer Instructor Newsletter

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Volunteer Instructor Newsletter

September/October 2017

Lance Morgan named DNR Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year for 2016

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Lance Morgan and CO Phil Mohs


Lance Morgan of North Branch has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Firearms Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2016.  Morgan recently received his award at Game Fair held in Anoka.

Morgan has been teaching as a firearms safety instructor for 10 years and has worked tirelessly to organize, teach and recruit youth hunters through the program, as well as recruiting new instructors to expand the capacity and availability of safety training.

Outside of the classroom, Morgan is a 4-H coach, National Wild Turkey Federation chapter president, and an avid turkey and big game hunter.  Morgan has volunteered his time to be a youth turkey hunt mentor every year since the program began and his local NWTF chapter is consistently one of the most active in the hunt.

In 2016, he and other firearms safety instructors joined the Chisago Lakes Sportsman's Club, NWTF and the DNR to host an outdoor skills and safety field day for more than 60 local youth.  "I'd like to thank my fellow instructors and volunteers for their help.  I couldn't do it without them," said Morgan.

From the many volunteer hours spent organizing youth training, to securing permission from landowners to allow kids a place to hunt, and encouraging a camaraderie between youth and their mentors, Morgan's commitment to growing the next generation of ethical hunters and conservationists is evident. 

"Lance's emphasis on safety is second to none and has a lasting impact on the hundreds of students he has taught in the classroom and in the field over the years," said DNR Conservation Officer Phil Mohs, who nominated Morgan for the award. "I have had the great pleasure of checking several of his students last fall while they were hunting and was pleased to see first-hand that they were focused on safety and ethics during my contact with them.  The students were a true reflection of Lance and the other volunteer instructors he surrounds himself with."

Congratulations, Lance!

Outdoor Edge Discount Offers for Instructors

Outdoor Edge Cutlery Corporation offers hunter education instructors discounted items, some by as much as 65%.  Instructors may purchase up to two different items per year from the complete product line at 65% off of the suggested retail price.  Please click on the link below for full details.

2017 Outdoor Edge Instructor Pro-Form - print the form out by clicking on the Printer Icon at the Top Right of the page.

Federal Premium Unprimed Shotshell ID Kits

Federal Premium has Unprimed Shotshell ID Kits (dummy ammo) available for $5.  Go to their website at Federal Premium Educational Materials.

All-Female Firearms Safety Instructor Clinic a Success!

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Front Row: New graduates of the DNR firearms safety field day; Back Row:RTO Jen Mueller (L) with newly certified firearms safety instructors

MN DNR Enforcement Regional Training Officers (RTO’s) recently assisted with putting on two firearms safety instructor clinics at Carlos Avery WMA.

At 8:00 am on a Saturday morning, 10 women met at Carlos Avery WMA to participate in the instructor clinic.  After the clinic, 5 young ladies came to Carlos Avery to complete their FAS field day which was taught by our RTO’s and the new instructors.  Our intention was to teach the new instructors in the morning and have them jump right into training young kids with the hope that the information they learned in the morning would be better understood by being immediately applied. 

On Sunday, 8 more women completed the instructor clinic. Once again, we had 9 young ladies show up in the afternoon to complete their field day. 

All in all, we added 18 new FAS instructors (all female) and 14 young females earned their FAS certificate.

The purpose of this “project” was to increase our female instructors and our hope is by having more female FAS instructors, we will encourage more young women and girls to obtain their FAS certification and start enjoying hunting and the outdoors. 

We partnered with Women Hunting and Fishing who reached out to females already involved in the outdoors and made this opportunity available to them.  All the women who participated had a background in the outdoors from long time members/employees of Pheasants Forever, MN DNR employees, and several instructors who teach other youth outdoor activities.

There is already a waiting list for our next all-female instructor clinic which will be held in the spring of 2018.

Thank you to all who assisted and participated!

New Benefit for IHEA-USA Instructors

IHEA-USA & Experticity have launched a new partnership to reward instructors and increase funding for hunter education.  IHEA-USA instructors are invited to participate in an exclusive discount program on, where hundreds of brands offer hunting experts like you the opportunity to enjoy VIP discounts of up to 70% off and the opportunity to buy new products from the hunting brands you know and love.

Joining the program is simple and free.  Click on IHEA Special Offer for Instructors to unlock your access, spread the word to your fellow instructors, and start saving!

Jordan Firearms Safety Instructor Team

Jordan FAS Group
Front Row (l-r): John Breimhorst, Jeff Radick; Back Row (l-r): Jeff Will, Shawn O'Hern, Lance Schmitt and Ed Breimhorst

The DNR Volunteer Instructors in Jordan recently held their fall firearms safety class for youth at the Fish Lake Sportsmen's Club. 

Thank you!

Rave Reviews for Pine City FAS Team

We recently received am email from a mom whose daughter recently attended a Firearms field day in Pine City.  She complimented the Pine City Firearms Safety Instructors with being "extremely well-prepared, knowledgeable and fun!"  She felt her daughter left at the end of the day feeling much more confident and really excited.

She also mentioned that it was evident the instructor team put a lot of time and resources into making a really great experience for each person there, and would recommend them to anyone looking for an awesome field day!

                             Links to Websites:


Henry Repeating Arms Company  .22  rifles, both Lever and Bolt action - 

718/499-5600 or visit their website at:  Henry Repeating Rifles

Hunter Safety Systems - Fall Arrest Harness   Toll Free 877-296-3528 or go to:         Savage Arms   .22 bolt action youth models - single shot

Third Hand Archery - Tree Stand Gun Hoist and other training aids available for purchase.

Education materials can be purchased  at Federal Premium Education Materials.

IHEA - Subscribe to the International Hunter Education Association Email Newsletter.

To access the volunteer discussion section of the IHEA website, go to – Username is volunteer and the password is huntsafe.

To access the instructor resource section of the IHEA website, go to, click on Instructor Resource.  The Username is instructor and the Password is gohunt.


Adaptive Equipment for Disabled Hunters  

Alan Madison DVDs

Outdoor Edge

DNR Instructor Page

Hunter Education Tools

Ducks Unlimited

Izaak Walton League

MN Deer Hunters Association

MN Shooting Ranges

MN Volunteer Instructor Association

Nat'l Bow Hunter Ed Foundation

Nat'l Shooting Sports Foundation

Nat'l Wild Turkey Foundation

Pheasants Forever

Ruffed Grouse Society

Safari Club

Turn In Poachers


American Council of Snowmobile Associations



Heads Up Braking System

MN 4-Wheel Drive Association

MN United Snowmobilers Association

Nat'l Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council