on Feb 15, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5142
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BURLINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2011) – Carissa Shelton has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the hunter education specialist for the upper Piedmont region. Her duties include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

Shelton will serve in District 5, which is made up of Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties.

“I look forward to getting out and working in this community,” Shelton said. “I will work to promote hunting and hunting safety. There are so many misconceptions about what hunting really is, and I think it is important for conservationists to communicate truths and reflect an accurate portrait of hunters and 21st century hunting.”

Shelton, a Clay County native, enjoys deer, duck and small game hunting, and fishing. An N.C. State University graduate, she is currently completing training for search and rescue technician III certification while field training a Labrador retriever at home.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers free hunter education courses in all 100 counties. All first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a hunter education course. To learn more about hunter education click here or contact Shelton at carissa.shelton@ncwildlife.org or (336) 455-0292.

“Hunting is one of the safest and most widely enjoyed activities in North Carolina,” said Travis Casper, the state assistant hunting education coordinator. “Hunters are the backbone of conservation and we want to encourage future generations. We’re glad to have Carissa Shelton leading our efforts in District 5.”