Spaces available for certified fishing instructor workshop
FINDLAY - Spaces still are available for adults, groups or conservation clubs with interest in becoming certified fishing instructors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
A free workshop is available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the District Two office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay.
Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors, similar to a hunter education instructor.
All participants must pass a background check before being certified.
By becoming a certified instructor, volunteers help reconnect students with the outdoors and collect resources such as grants, equipment, brochures and training.
To register, call Linda at (419) 429-8347.
ODNR reminds hunters of tree stand safety brochure
COLUMBUS - Tree stands, or elevated platforms, are one of the most popular pieces of equipment used by deer hunters.
However, due to human error and/or equipment failure, the number of debilitating or fatal injuries resulting from their use is higher than Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife says it should be. Statistically, one out of three hunters will fall from a tree stand at some point in his hunting career.
Today, hunter and hunter education organizations recommend wearing a full body safety harness that distributes the hunter's weight throughout their shoulders, chest, waist and legs and securely supports a fallen person without causing added harm or injury.
Here are a few tips to help prevent accidents this hunting season.
Always use a FBSH and read manufacturer instructions before use.
Before using your FSBH in the field, practice using it at ground level.
Always use a climbing safety strap. Most accidents occur when climbing up or down from a tree stand.
Never climb with anything in your hands.
Always use a haul line to raise and lower your equipment.
For more safety tips, visit the Division of Wildlife's tree stand safety page or to take a free online tree stand safety course from the Treestand Manufacturer's Association.
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