A personal note from John Hobbs on the Bowhunter Education Program
My name is John A. Hobbs and I am the State Chairman of the Bowhunter Education Program for Ohio. I became a Bowhunter Education Instructor in 1983 when Alvin Dudley introduced me to this program and I have trained or help train thousands of Bowhunters, both beginners and advanced throughout Ohio. I am past President of the Ohio Bowhunter Association and was in office when our good friend George Hilf prematurely past away. The officers and advisory council of the OBA asked if I would take over the position of State Chairman of Bowhunter Education after George’s passing. I stepped down as OBA President to become the State Chairman to focus my talents and energies in training bowhunters through this program,
Through the Ohio Bowhunter Association, the International Bowhunter Education Foundation, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, we offer these classes FREE of charge and it is open to anyone and everyone. This international course is mandatory in many states, provinces and countries and covers all types of archery equipment and bowhunting styles. A few items covered in this course are ethics, tree stand safety, tuning of bows, broadhead sharpening, shot placement, blood trailing and much more. All designed to help you become a better bowhunter.
We also host George Hilf’s Annual Bowhunter Education Weekend. This has in the past and again this year will be held at Deer Creek State Park just south of Mount Sterling Ohio on the weekend before Ohio Deer Archery Season opens. This year's date will be the weekend of September 19 & 20, 2009. On Saturday we host a Bowhunter Education Class, as well as a 3-D archery shoot that will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $10.00 per shooter & kids shoot free. This is one way we raise money in order to keep this program free of charge as other states must charge fees for this program. We strive to teach ethical and safe bowhunting and look forward to helping you become a better bowhunter.
Keep them sharp and shoot them straight,
John A. Hobbs
OBA Bowhunter Education Chairman