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Pribnow honored for 50 years of hunter education

Submitted photo Mark Little, left, recreational safety warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, poses with volunteer hunter education instructor Allan Pribnow at the Brule Ranger Station.

Joanne M. Haas

Allan Pribnow was honored for 50 years of volunteer service to the Wisconsin Hunter Education Program on May 18 at the Brule Ranger Station.

“I have enjoyed providing a service to my community and have especially enjoyed the enthusiasm of students in my hunter education courses who have sometimes traveled from as far as 50 to 60 miles away,” Pribnow said.

He has emphasized that it is not hard to do things right in his courses and attempts to impart this to his students. Some of those students have taken his classes more than once and have walked away with additional knowledge each time. Hands-on exercises in hunter education courses and consistent instruction are the greatest improvements in the program since he began as an instructor more than 50 years ago.

Pribnow truly appreciated his award and when he learned it was a .17 caliber rifle.

“I don’t have that caliber yet,” he said.

Hunter education administrator Jon King said the program is successful because of volunteers like Pribnow, who share their expertise with so many, and the families who support them.

Pribnow and his wife Connie have certified more than 3,600 students during his 50 years as a Wisconsin hunter education safety instructor.

Joanne M. Haas is a public information officer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.