Holidays from the Iowa DNR Hunter Education and Shooting Sports
Program Staff! Thank you for all that you do for outdoor
recreation in Iowa!
for the 2018 Certified Instructor Workshops have been set.
Check out the dates and locations below and get registered
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta)
Annett Nature Center (Indianola)
Driftless Area Visitor Center (Lansing)
Annett Nature Center (Indianola)
Iowa State Patrol Post 13 (Mt. Pleasant)
Kent Park Education Center (Oxford)
Swan Lake Education Center (Carroll)
Apex Shooting Range (Fostoria)
Kennedy Park (Fort Dodge)
Horseshoe Falls Lodge (Central City)
LeMars Sportsmans Club (LeMars)
Iowa State Patrol District 8 (Mason City)
Mahaska CCB (New Sharon)
McFarland Park (Ames)
Sac CCB (Sac City)
Davenport Ikes (Davenport)
Anderson Nature Center (Red Oak)
Department of Natural Resources Digital Mentoring Program
folks to help without dedicating hours to in-person
users to get real-time answers to questions that are holding
incentives to those who help answer user's questions.
volunteers and staff members in the local
next steps to participants at all stages of the adoption
programs and events
Iowa DNR is joining forces with other state agencies, Cabela's,
NWTF, National Deer Alliance, MTB - Happy Fishing, Yamaha, etc.
to bring mentoring to a whole new level. Mentoring today comes
in many forms especially when it comes to mentoring our younger
generations. Having a trustworthy resource at the touch of
your finger tips can be crucial when it comes to someone taking
that "next step" in participating in hunting, angling,
recreational shooting, etc. Through the Powderhook Digital
Mentoring App we are able to embrace technology and put it to
good use by providing real-time answers and advice to our new
and/or upcoming outdoor recreationists.
a digital mentor is easy. Just simply follow the
"become a digital mentor" link below, to download the
app and create your account. Who knows, you may even learn
a new thing or two yourself along your journey of helping others
get started or expand their participation!
goal is to have 150 digital mentors in place by March 31, 2018.
At that time we are going to begin promoting the app to our
existing hunters, anglers, hunter education graduates and
shooting sports participants. We want to have a solid
platform of knowledgeable mentors in place before getting the
word out. With that being said, traffic may be slow over
the next couple of months but that will allow our digital
mentors to get comfortable with how the app functions and begin
making posts and responding to questions.
is a "Digital
Mentoring Best Practices" document
for all staff and volunteers to review who plan on becoming
digital mentors. It provides you some general guidance
when responding and making posts on social media platforms.
If you have any questions about the app in general, becoming a
digital mentor or if you come across a questionable post by a
user or a digital mentor please don't hesitate to reach out.
Please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact Megan Wisecup (515) 238-4968 or Rachel Ladd (515)
a quick overview of how the Powderhook App works check out this video.
will be talking more in depth about how to become a digital
mentor at the upcoming certified hunter education instructor
workshops this March. We also will be sharing a list of
"topics" straight from our hunter education graduates
on what they want to receive more information about to help aid
instructors and staff on what to post about.
local and national partners, digital mentors will have the
opportunity to earn incentives. The more active a digital
mentor is on the app, the more opportunities they will have to
earn special deals and prizes.
App - Behind the Scenes
a Digital Mentor
Mentoring Best Practices
forget to mark your calendars for the 2018 Iowa Hunter
Education Instructor Association Banquet. Come on
out to show your support for your fellow volunteer
instructors and hunter education in Iowa! The banquet
will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Ottumwa
Izaak Walton League located at 11077 90th Street,
Ottumwa, IA. As part of this year’s banquet we
will be providing some instruction and a fun, friendly
competition from 2PM - 5PM on the following
programs/activities: Scholastic Clay Target Program,
Scholastic Action Shooting Program (Rifle & Pistol),
NASP IBO 3D Challenge Program and What’s It Room (one
of the tools used during the hiring process for
Conservation Officers). Banquet and raffle tickets
will be available for purchase at the 2018 Hunter
Education Instructor Workshops. Instructors will
also be able to renew or purchase new association
memberships at the workshops.
or purchase a new or lifetime membership at one of
the Spring Workshops and you will be entered into a
drawing for a special gift.
year all new, renewals or lifetime membership
purchases will be entered into a drawing for a
who attend the 2017 IHEIA Annual Banquet will be
entered into a drawing for a firearm or bow.
raffle tickets will be sold at workshops and the
night of the banquet for a chance to win either a
$300, $150, $100 or $50 Visa Gift Card (4 winners
will be drawn).
Need Your Help!
would like to present a certificate of recognition to
one individual in each county who best exemplifies the
spirit of volunteerism and dedication to hunter
education. Please take a few minutes to nominate a
fellow instructor for recognition.
Instructor Recognition Nomination Form
IHEIA Membership Form
NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in
response to the demand for a nationally recognized range
safety officer certification. NRA Range Safety
Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills
and attitude essential to organizing, conducting and
supervising safe shooting activities and range
are responsible for the NRA Certifications fees. For
NRA members the fee is $30.00 and for non-members the
fee is $50. The certification is valid for 2
years. All course fees will be covered by the Iowa
DNR. Be sure to let the instructor know that you
are a Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor so the
course fees are waived.
February 3, 2018 (Clinton County)
March 24, 2018 (Story County)
information will be shared in the January E-Newsletter
including the finalized dates, locations and
you interested in helping youth? Do you or your spouse enjoy
reading a book or playing games on your electronic device?
Like Archery? If any of these topics sparks your interest, we
could use your help!
Iowa DNR’s Archery in the Schools Program is looking for
volunteers to assist the 12th annual State Archery Tournament
March 9-11, 2018. The Iowa DNR Shooting Sports program will be
hosting the 2018 Iowa State National Archery in the Schools
Program (NASP®) Tournament and the International Bowhunters
Organization (IBO) NASP® 3D State Tournament. Student
archers from all over Iowa will be traveling to Des Moines to
compete in NASP Archery. In order to safely run this large
event, with 1,500+ archers we are in need of additional
are needed in different capacities. If you are not familiar with
archery or the Archery in the Schools Program, that is all
right! There are positions that do not need archery experience
and we also have online tutorials for more information on how to
be an archery lane judge. Lastly, if you need any assistance
while volunteering their will be a contact person nearby. We
will also do our best to have additional volunteers to relieve
you for breaks. There are a few shifts to choose from below or
anytime you are willing to offer is appreciated. Follow the
links below to view and sign up for the available positions and
3D State Tournament.Signup: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A4CA9AD22A0F94-20181
Bullseye State Tournament Signup:www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4ca9ad22a0f94-2018
is a description of the different volunteer positions needed:
Lane Judge: Ensure the youth are scoring the targets correctly,
make sure they are bubbling 1 score per line, change target
faces, erase if there is a scoring error (a more detailed
description will be sent to you and NASP Nationals is creating a
Flagger: Ensures the line is safe. We have Flaggers on the range
for safety behind and on the shooting line and waiting lines.
The flagger watches the lane judges, archers and general public
for any unsafe acts or intentions. With the continued
growth and expansion of NASP® in Iowa we could really use your
assistance. Again, the level of archery experience for
volunteers can vary from little to no experience or moderate to
highly knowledgeable. If you are interested in reading the NASP®
National, League and State rules they can be found online at www.iowadnr.gov/archery.
you are available to assist at the Iowa NASP State Tournament
event March 3-4, 2017 at the Jacobsen (Bullseye Tournament) and
Elwell (3D Tournament) Buildings located on the Iowa State
Fairgrounds please contact Donise Petersen by emailDonise.Petersen@dnr.iowa.gov or
by phone 515-205-8709.