hats, patches, etc!
Counsel to the District Representative
Bates, Special Counsel, District 1
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.
Crumley, Special Counsel, District 2
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
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
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
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