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Posted on Mon, Jun. 07, 2004

Former state hunting safety officer gets national award

Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. - Bill Shattuck of Pierre, who was involved in South Dakota's hunter safety program for nearly four decades, has been named to the International Hunter Education Association's hall of fame.

Shattuck, who recently retired from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department, began his work in hunter education in 1964 when he joined the department as a conservation officer. In 1980, he became the department's coordinator of hunting safety, boating safety and shooting ranges.

Shattuck was chair of the IHEA's Constitution, By-Laws and Resolutions Committee for 21 years.

The IHEA's hall of fame award recognizes people who have done exceptional work to improve hunter education.

In nominating Shattuck for the award, IHEA President-elect Terry Erwin of Texas wrote: "Bill Shattuck is one of the most gentle, pleasant and consistently mild mannered individuals, exuding the epitome of professional appearance and conduct in all dealings with state agency peers and state and provincial coordinators and administrators."

Shattuck received his award in a ceremony before the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission last week. He noted that the IHEA has accomplished a lot in coordinating hunter education programs among the states and Canadian provinces. South Dakota was a leader when hunter safety programs started in the 1950s, he said.

The IHEA represents the interests of hunter safety coordinators who work with federal agencies and state and provincial governments, and the 70,000 instructors who teach hunter safety, ethics and conservation to about 750,000 students each year.

Al Bahe has replaced Shattuck as the GF&P's coordinator of hunting and boating safety.

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