Iron County Resident Named Hunter Education Instructor of the Year
Iron County resident Dean Dallavalle recently was named the 2008 Hunter
Education Instructor of the Year by the Department of Natural Resources.
Dallavalle, an Iron River resident, was honored by DNR Director Rebecca
Humphries and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at a recent
meeting in Lansing.
“Dean Dallavalle has been a volunteer hunter education instructor in
Iron County for more than two decades, and has recently mentored his son
Anthony to be a second-generation hunter education instructor,”
Humphries said. “It is people like Mr. Dallavalle who help us pass on
Michigan’s proud hunting heritage to future generations, so that
management and conservation of our state’s natural resources is
ensured for years to come.”
Dallavalle is the lead instructor Western Iron County hunter education
classes held at Iron County Schools and at the Camp Gibbs Recreational
Area. Through donations, he has been able to collect nearly every
possible teaching tool for a successful hunter education class,
Humphries said. Dallavalle and his volunteers provide students with
experience in muzzleloading, rifle, archery, shotgun safety, clay pigeon
shooting, orienteering, hunting ethics, animal identification and
Dallavalle enjoys predator hunting and trapping, as well as fishing. He
is known for bringing in furs for the students to view and touch. He is
planning to assist in teaching the DNR’s new Trapper Education
The Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award is an employee- or
volunteer instructor-nominated award presented to the volunteer hunter
education instructor for his or her outstanding volunteer service.
Recipients of the award are recognized for their commitment to continue
the heritage of hunting by developing safe, responsible and
knowledgeable hunters and assisting the DNR in carrying out its mission.
For more information on education opportunities in the outdoors,
including hunter education, visit the DNR’s web site’s Education and Outreach section here.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use
and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future
Listen to Adam’s report:
Congratulations to Dean from Adam and the Outdoor Show.
Natural Resources Commission to Meet Nov. 6 in Lansing
The Natural Resources Commission will begin holding discussions on
potential expansion of crossbow hunting opportunities at its Nov. 6
meeting in Lansing.
The NRC meeting will be held at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan
Ave., in Lansing. All meetings are open to the public.
The NRC recently revamped its policy on issuing crossbow permits to
hunters with permanent disabilities by streamlining the application
process and making it more inclusive. However, Commissioner John
Madigan, who chairs the NRC Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries,
said he wants to explore other possibilities for crossbow hunting.
Options identified for discussion are allowing the use of crossbows
during any season that allows the use of firearms, establishing a
minimum age for crossbow use without a permit, and possibly establishing
a crossbow deer season. A survey of hunter attitudes about crossbow issues is being conducted on the Department of Natural Resources Web site here.
The crossbow discussion will begin at noon in Room 203 of the Lansing
Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing.
The NRC meeting begins at 10:15 a.m. with a meeting of the NRC Policy
Committee on Technology, Information, Marketing and Education that will
focus on hunter recruitment and retention. The NRC Policy Committee on
Wildlife and Fisheries, which will discuss proposed changes to wildlife
rehabilitation and taxidermy rules in response to Chronic Wasting
Disease (CWD), meets at 1:30 p.m. The committee will also hear an update
on CWD activities and discuss proposed fisheries orders.
The Committee of the Whole meets at 3 p.m. to discuss the Director’s
action items and to receive an update on the Island Lake Shooting Range,
inland fisheries grants and an upcoming oil and gas auction.
Public appearances begin at 4:30 p.m. Persons wishing to provide public
comment on any DNR issue to the NRC should contact Teresa Gloden at
517-373-2352 or email@example.com either prior to the meeting or at
the meeting site. At 5 p.m., there will be a special presentation of a
DNR Partner in Conservation Award.
Among the action items for the NRC includes consideration of spring
turkey hunting units. DNR Director Rebecca Humphries will consider a
number of fisheries regulation changes, changes to the user charges for
the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center and authorization for several
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, use and enjoyment
of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
Listen to the report:
Coho and fall steelhead fishing reports from Lake Michigan stream and Lake Superior stream:
A quick trapping report:
Part one of Adam’s three-part interview with author Jeff Murray (check out his website here) about using the moon to aid in your hunting.
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