Alabama Hunter Education
--Submitted by AHEA member,
IBEP Roundup Article and
Dateline: Feb. 22/23,2008
Alabama IBEP Course.
Sponsored by the Bowhunters of Alabama, Inc.
Ron Gray, BHA VP.
A good International Bowhunter Education Program course
was held in Glencoe, Al. Many thanks to Ron Gray, BHA. VP,
for hosting and setting up the course.
It was a small class, but I think everyone, new and experienced to
Bow Hunting. Learned a few new tricks.
Fri. night started off with Phillip Murphy giving an
Introduction to Bowhunting. Phillip is the sec/trea. For the BHA,
Inc. As always Phillip gave a grand introduction into the hows and
whys of Bowhunting.
Next Stuart Goldsby of the Alabama Conservation
Dept, covered some of the ins and outs of Wildlife Conservation. He
also showed a couple of “eye opening” videos, about some of the
“Canned” type hunts, and high fence hunts. For anyone who had not
been exposed to this type of hunting, some of us were shocked and
taken aback, by some of the techniques used. It was an awesome
Larry McAfee, Editor for the BHA, gave a short course
on Safe and Responsible Bowhunting. Larry, an avid bow hunter for
many years, brought a personal perspective into the course. He
explained and gave examples of good, safe, and responsible, bow
hunting. Larry covered the subject in a way that only experience can
DuWain Brundage, of the AHEA, took on the challenge of
explaining the types and differences of the bow and arrow. He had
examples of each type for the students to examine. There was also a
collection of different type of arrow points for the students to
look at and examine.
Sat. morning started off with Mr. Gray providing
doughnuts and coffee. Everyone stood around for a few minutes and
compared notes on their hunting experiences.
Swartz and Bill Kerlin both of AHEA, gave an excellent
presentation on Preparation Before the Hunt and Use of Stands,
blinds and other Bow hunting Techniques. They brought many years of
teaching and hunting experience to share. Later on after lunch they
showed the proper use of tree stands, safety
and bow hunting safety systems.
Gary Suckow, of AHEA, gave and
entertaining course on shot placement and Recovery Techniques. Gary
kept students on the edge of their seats, with descriptions of hunts
for Elk and other big game. Also after lunch Gary had a hands on
blood trail, for the students to learn about tracking
wounded game, and how to go about the recovery of downed game.
Tim Newell, of the Al. IBEP Instructors,
showed up just in time to give a short program on being Prepared for
the Outdoors. Tim brings years of hunting and outdoor skills to the
class. He showed how to use topo maps and explained a bit of how to
use a compass. He also told of what is needed to carry in a survival
pack. This is a small pack that should be carried, every time
All Instructors and students have my thanks, for taking
out part of your weekend to help make this course successful. The
way to make sure we always have Safe Responsible Bowhunting is thru
Without dedicated Instructors this and other Hunter Ed. Programs
would not be possible.
Director Al. IBEP /BHA,Inc.
Pics from top to bottom: Larry McAfee,
Treestand Safety Demo