USD 468 Hunter Education in Our Schools students experience live fire

Healy USD 468 is among the growing number of Kansas middle schools to include the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) Hunter Education In Our Schools program. Available at no cost to schools, the optional course offers participating students the opportunity to obtain hunter education certification required of anyone born on or after July 1, 1957, before hunting in Kansas.

Students enrolled in Healy physical education instructor Dana Shay’s hunter education course recently enjoyed an afternoon of live fire instruction from KDWP outdoor skills instructor Jim Kellenberger, Jetmore. Shotguns, throwers, targets, and ammunition used for these event are furnished by KDWP to schools participating in the program.

Hunter Education In Our Schools program facilitator and assistant hunter education coordinator Monica Bickerstaff attended Healy’s live fire event.

“The program’s goal is not only to provide students with basic outdoor skills but to provide them with a background in basic firearm safety, ethics, wildlife management, and conservation that will spark a desire to further discover the many opportunities afforded them by nature," Bickerstaff said. "Healy’s program is teaching skills that can lead to a lifetime of outdoor recreational pleasure.”

To learn more about KDWP’s Hunter Education in Our Schools program, contact the KDWP's Hunter Education Program at 620-672-5911.