Becoming A Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

At the heart of the Virginia Hunter Education Program are the volunteers – people from all walks of life committed to training the next generation to be safe, knowledgeable, ethical participants in an enduring Virginia tradition. They are men and women of different ages and backgrounds with diverse interests and skill levels and want to give something back to the hunting community. If this describes you, please contact the Department of Wildlife Resources. Hunter education volunteers say they learn as much through teaching as they do working with other volunteers.

Volunteer instructors wear many hats working as teachers, mentors, class organizers, range officers, event administrators, and representatives of the Department of Wildlife Resources. All applicants must submit to a criminal background check, be at least eighteen (18) years of age and be of good character. The process starts with filling out the form at https://virginia.volunteers.kalkomey.com/.

Additional information is available through the Recreational Safety Coordinator at the regional VDWR office closest to you, or by sending an inquiry to DWR at HunterEd@dwr.virginia.gov.

recognizing excellence in hunter education

Director’s Award

The Director’s Award recognizes hunter education instructors who have supported Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) Hunter Education Programs with at least 5,000 volunteer hours. In cooperation with the VDWR, the Virginia Hunter Education Association presents eligible instructors with a Henry Golden Boy .22 caliber Lever Action Rifle.


George “Spud” Almond

Lewis A. Austin

Lester “Danny” Bartee

Monte Brackenridge

Jack L. Broughman

John Dodson

Chauncey Herring

Vernie Kennedy

Angie Leigh

Paul Siple

Frank Taylor

Lee Turner


William Dixon Morgan Memorial Award

Every year one member from Virginia’s volunteer hunter education instructor community is recognized for dedication and excellence in teaching. Named in honor of William “Billy” Dixon Morgan, the award was established after Billy’s untimely and accidental death during a hunting incident.

Billy’s mother Magdeline Morgan, with the help of Governor Gerald Baliles and her colleagues on the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Board, began promoting the importance of blaze orange. Wearing blaze orange became a legal requirement as a result of their efforts.

Billy’s Story

Billy was born in 1953, the youngest of three children and the only son of William T. and Magdeline N. Morgan. He became an Eagle Scout at age 14, and as an adult, instructed Boy Scout merit badge classes in Archery, Marksmanship and Wilderness Survival. Billy participated in a wide range of outdoor activities and was an avid rabbit, squirrel, turkey, and deer hunter. He won numerous awards in both archery and firearms competition and won State and National awards for whitetail deer.

On the morning of November 22, 1983, Billy climbed ten feet up into a leafless tree to hunt. He did not know another hunter was in the area. The other hunter failed to identify his target and fired the shot that ended Billy’s life.


George “Spud” Almond

Lewis A. Austin

Lester “Danny” Bartee

Brian E. Berger

Monte Brackenridge

Jack L. Broughman

William Bush, Jr.

Anthony “Tony” Carambia

Ken Carter

Michael J. Clifford

John W. Dodson

John Dunne

Carolyn Elliott

Percy “Buddy” Fines, Jr.

Aaron Grimsley

Leonard Hart, Jr.

Chauncey Herring

Paul Hockenberry

Michael Holson

Gordon W. Hunter

Wendy Hyde

Roger Keene

Vernie Kennedy

Barry F. Lape

Angie Leigh

Russell Lewis

George P. Mason

William E. Nichols

Mike Norkus

William L. Prutzman

William D. Shufflebarger

Paul Siple

Donald Studer

Franklin L. Taylor

Lee Turner

Thomas M. Walters

Rob Zepp

Logo design by Tori Farmer

The new VAHEA logo represents our core values:

Blaze Orange is the universally recognized color for hunting safety

The four Compass points represent Ethics, Integrity, Values, and Respect

The Tree signifies strength in the power of knowledge and education

The Deer and Turkey represent Virginia’s most successful wildlife restoration efforts, conveying the positive impact hunters have on conservation and the environment


Virginia Hunter Education Association

1267 4-H Camp Road

Appomattox, VA 24522