Timothy Pifher of Davison, Michigan, was named 2015 hunter education volunteer instructor of the year by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Pifher was honored for his achievements at the Dec. 10 Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing.
In 1997, Pifher earned his hunter education instructor certification. During the past 18 years, he has taught more than 360 classes and certified over 3,600 students to hunt safely in Michigan’s out-of-doors.
“Mr. Pifher has had a very positive impact on thousands of hunter education students in this state,” said Gary Hagler, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We can never know the number of lives he has saved or the injuries he has prevented due to his efforts.”
In 2000, Pifher became an associate at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where he initiated the hunter safety program. He holds at least 10 classes a year at the store.
In conjunction with his wife, Sandy, also a certified hunter education instructor, Pifher also teaches five or more classes every year at Williams Gun Sight in Davison.
“The DNR and the many students who have benefited from Mr. Pifher’s classes are very appreciative of the time and effort he has taken to increase the safety of hunters in Michigan,” Hagler said.
Michigan has conducted hunter education classes for nearly 70 years, teaching firearm safety and the regulations for being a safe and responsible hunter. With the help and expertise of the more than 3,000 volunteer instructors, the Michigan hunter education program - administered by the DNR - trains nearly 20,000 students a year.
Those interested in volunteering as instructors should call the DNR Law Enforcement Division at 517-284-6055 to obtain an application packet.
For more information on Michigan’s hunter education program and on becoming a hunter education instructor, visit www.michigan.gov/