Program Spotlight

West Washington is proud to feature our Hunter’s Education Program.  This program is offered through the WWES Physical Education Department and is instructed by Mr. Matthew Myers.  

“Hunter Education teaches the practice of firearm and hunter safety. Hunter Education strives to instill responsibility, improve skills and knowledge, and encourage the involvement of beginner and veteran hunters.  Responsibility, as well as ethical behavior and personal involvement are both essential to the survival of hunting,” passionately explained Mr.Myers.

This year, Hunter Education was offered to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.  Typically, this class is designated for 4th graders only.  However, the current 5th and 6th grade students have missed the opportunity to take Hunter Education due to Covid-19 precautions.

West Washington has offered Hunter Education since 2015 after Mr. Myers thought about the idea from a friend.  “A friend of mine is licensed to teach Hunter Education and teaches the course at the school where he works. After speaking with Mr. Rosenbaum about the idea, we both felt the class would be a great idea and beneficial for our students’ P.E. curriculum,” Myers explained.  

Myers shared the class requires ten total hours to receive the certification. For this to be possible, students report to Hunter’s Education each day for two weeks during their special time. At the conclusion of the class, the students take the mandated Hunter’s Education test to become certified. Students who pass the test with a score of 70% or better will become certified and receive their own Hunter’s Education card, which includes a personal ID number. The ID number is used to purchase the initial license to be an Indiana hunter.

Mr. Myers believes Hunter’s Education is not only enjoyable for the kids, but also serves as a convenient and affordable introduction to hunting.  “Students are able to take Hunter’s Education with their fellow classmates, within a convenient setting, and at no cost to parents or guardians. Some kids, currently, may not enjoy or have any interest in being a hunter nor into the equipment and tools that are needed.  However, by getting certified now, they will have that step of the process completed for the rest of their lives,”  Myers stated.  

Congratulations to our most recent Hunter Education certified students!