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Stan Bates, Special Counsel, District 1

Limestone County 

My name is Stan Bates and I live in the town of Elkmont, in Limestone County.  I am employed by Steelcase Inc. as a tooling engineer. I started hunting squirrels and quail with my dad at a young age and eventually graduated to deer. My wife, Anita, and I have been married for 28 years. We have two sons, Jacob-23 and Will-21, and I have taught them to appreciate the “Great Outdoors” as much as I do. We never miss an opportunity to spend time together, either in the woods, or on the river fishing. I have been teaching Hunter’s Education for seven years and enjoy the opportunity to teach hunting safety, as well as a few hunting tips along the way.  I currently serve on the board of directors for the North Alabama – South Tennessee Conservation Foundation, Inc. 


 Conner Crumley, Special Counsel, District 2

Calhoun County 

Conner Crumley of Oxford Alabama's faded student card reads January 15, 1984 and he took the instructor course from James Thornhill not long after. Since then he has gone on to graduate hundreds of greatful students.
Lost to history, probably the early 90's he was named Instructor of the Year for Alabama.  In 2002 he was Hunter Instructor for the Quarter for the southeastern region of the United States by the IHEA.
Today he describes himself as just a mean old man.

For several years, early on, Conner unofficially coordinated the District 2 Hunter Education effort. In this respect not much has changed, as he's still the goto guy for the area.
Another interesting thing is that in the 80's when he was in the Jaycees he made the pilgrimage to Montgomery with others to participate in a mock legislature. He was one of the sponsors of a bill to make Hunter Education mandatory in Alabama. The bill passed, but since it was only a mock legislature it wasn't official. The results were passed along, however, to the real legislature.

After the Hunter Safety program became mandatory he taught a class for the local Conservation officers so that they could go on to get certified to teach.
Also while a Jaycee, about the same time he became an Alabama Volunteer Hunter Safety teacher he served one year as the coordinator and the next as assistant coordinator for the prestigious Jaycee Shooting Education program for Alabama.
Crumley's favorite teaching station, as all who have met him at field day events will tell you was tree stand safety. Today, with traditional classes back in fashion, he's back behind the table teaching it all.

Hunter safety instruction has been a very important aspect of Crumley's life and he has spent many a pleasant hour doing his part to teach Alabama's youth how to stay safe. He's still the goto guy when you need something done as those who know him will testify.


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