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Fort McCoy man is Florida’s Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Media contact: Susan Smith, 850-528-1755

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, at its meeting in Naples Wednesday, named Jimmy Peagler of Fort McCoy its 2010 "Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year." The award is given annually to the volunteer who significantly advances the cause of safe hunting through extraordinary service in training and education.

Since 1999, Peagler has been a volunteer instructor of the state's hunter safety course, required of anyone born after May 31, 1975, who wishes to obtain a Florida hunting license. Peagler acts as hunter safety area coordinator for Marion County. During 2010, he taught 15 classes and was chief instructor on eight of them, certifying 135 students throughout the year. He also put in eight additional hours teaching advanced archery and spoke on behalf of the FWC at special events.

Peagler has many passions for which he enjoys volunteering, including the National Archery in the Schools Program, where he trains schoolteachers to become certified basic archery instructors. He also was instrumental in helping Bethune-Cookman College become the first college in Florida to add the National Archery in the Schools Program to its teaching curriculum for physical education.

Some of Peagler's innovations include developing a show-and-tell on how to properly load a black powder (muzzleloading) rifle and constructing an archery frame to hold the safety net in place during indoor and outdoor archery events and training sessions.

Peagler is retired from BellSouth and has taught hunter safety in Florida for the past 11 years.

Receiving this award makes Peagler Florida's candidate for the national "Federal Ammunition Hunter Education Instructor of the Year."

Anyone interested in learning how to become a volunteer hunter safety instructor can go to

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