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Rural Monett bowhunter instructor honored

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Randy Vandegrift, of rural Monett received the 2010 Bowhunter Education instructor of the Year Award from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Above, Vandegrift, right, is pictured with Missouri Department of Conservation presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner, left.
A life-long love of the outdoors and an interest in teaching others about archery has earned a Monett man state-wide recognition for his efforts.

Randy Vandegrift of rural Monett has been named the 2010 Missouri Bowhunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Vandegrift was recognized for his services and received a plaque on Jan. 28 at the monthly meeting of the Missouri Conservation Commission in Jefferson City. Vandegrift's award was one of several presented to individuals involved in Missouri's Hunter Education Program.

Vandegrift does most of his volunteer instruction at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Greene County.

In addition to his teaching duties, Vandegrift has assisted a number of programs at the Dalton Range, including the managed deer and turkey hunts for people with disabilities that are held at the site each year. He prepared more than 80 kits for making wingbone turkey calls at Dalton Range special events in 2010.

Teaching hunting and archery skills to others is nothing new to Vandegrift. He began volunteering as a hunter education instructor two decades ago when he started teaching hunting skills and archery through the 4-H program in the Monett area.

He taught archery classes at Monett High School for three years in the school's Lifetime Sports program. During this time, he used his ability to speak Spanish to help Hispanic students understand archery skills and hunter safety.

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