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HuntSAFE Names Individual and Team Instructors of the Year

PIERRE, SD.- South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) named Justin Schmiedt as the 2016 HuntSAFE Instructor of the Year and Bob and Daryl Schutte as the 2016 HuntSAFE Team of the Year.

Justin Schmiedt started as a HuntSAFE instructor in March of 2015. He has since devoted time to teaching today’s youth about firearm safety, ethical hunting and survival skills.

“Justin Schmiedt is knowledgeable and dedicated to all aspects of the HuntSAFE program,” said HuntSAFE coordinator Patrick Klotzbach. “He sacrifices his own time to make sure he is available to teach classes and attend meetings. Justin is known to engage students and put in extra work if the student needs it.”

Schmiedt also serves as a firearms instructor for the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Bob and Daryl Schutte have been named the 2016 HuntSAFE Team of the Year.

“The Schuttes are a father/son duo who have dedicated their time to instructing future hunters on firearm safety,” says Klotzbach. “The duo has come up with a lesson plan to use annually that covers all the basics young hunters need to know about hunting and firearm safety. Their passion for the outdoors shows as they teach.”

Bob and Daryl are both active members of Redfield schools and the community.

GFP thanks Schmiedt and the Scuttes as well as all other HuntSAFE instructors and volunteers for their dedication to today’s youth hunters.

For more information on HuntSAFE courses across South Dakota go to gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/hunt-safe.aspx.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.