Recently, Safari Club International hosted a special hunter education course at its Washington, D.C. office for Congressional staffers and other members of the conservation community in D.C. taught by Congressman Bob Latta of Ohio.
In addition to being an avid hunter and supporter of Safari Club International, Congressman Latta is also a certified hunter education instructor and routinely teaches courses in his home state.
“As a lifelong sportsman and hunter education instructor, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to guide new hunters through their certification course, where we focused on the importance of safety, conservation, and ethics,” said Congressman Latta.
Staff from both the House and Senate were in attendance, along with individuals from around the Washington, D.C. area, to learn basic hunting skills, responsibility and hunting ethics, wildlife conservation and safety with course materials provided by Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.
This course allowed participants, many of whom work on natural resources and hunting issues in Congress, to learn firsthand the role that hunting, and hunters play in wildlife management and conservation funding in the United States. Course participants were able to purchase a hunting license in their state upon passing their exam.
“We want to thank Congressman Latta for his leadership in helping guide new hunters through the hunter education process at our office” said Benjamin Cassidy, Director of Government Affairs for Safari Club International. “Hunting plays a critical role in wildlife management and conservation in the United States, and we are glad there will be more participants taking to the fields and blinds this season.”
Ultimately, the mission of hunter education programs is to develop safe, ethical, and responsible hunters and to ensure the continuation of the hunting tradition.