Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center - November 6 - November 10, 2017

Audience
natural resource professionals

This is a professional development workshop for agency and organization employees who have been selected by a CLfT identified liaison. Selected individuals must have met a set of selection criteria that includes but is not limited to the following:

Never had a hunting license

Willing to commit to a 40+ hour instructional program that includes long days in both classroom and outdoor exercise settings.

You will be staying at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, in Mansfield, GA. All meals are provided. 

Please bring the following, important items:

  1. comfortable, warm, outdoor field clothing--not too bulky
  2. toiletries
  3. cap or headband;
  4. waterproof hiking or field boots
  5. rain gear

The outdoor field exercises will be conducted even if it is cold, raining or snowing, so come prepared for those possibilities. We recommend that you check the Mansfield, GA area weather prior to arrival.

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a variety of activities and programs. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, Georgia, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens and Macon.

543 Elliott Trail
Mansfield, Ga. 30055
(770) 784-3059
Firearms and hunting safety instructor
NRA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Laura is a Certified NRA Shotgun,Rifle, Pistol, Personal protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, IL Conceal Carry instructor, and a Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety/Tree stand Instructor for Illinois DNR. Besides the shooting sports she enjoys teaching archery, fly fishing, cooking, beekeeping and various Boy Scout merit badges. She is a big and small game hunter, and has traveled extensively to hunt and fish. She is a Certified Master Gardener in Illinois and Florida, a beekeeper and a Nationally Certified Medical Technologist. Was an elected Trustee for the Village of Campton Hills, IL, former instructor at Country Garden Cuisine cooking school She is a member of Trout Unlimited, NRA, Boy Scouts of America, St. Charles Sportsman’s club, Rochelle Wildlife Conservation club, and Sisters on the Fly.
Wildlife Interpretive Specialist/ GA Project WILD assistant coordinator
GA Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife Resources Division
Amber Barrow has been working for the department of Natural Resources since 2011 as an environmental educator at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, GA. She also is a hunter education instructor who teaches at day programs and overnight youth hunting events. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Berry College. Amber grew up fishing with her family but started out learning about hunting at the age of 14. Her grandfather taught her about small game hunting for rabbits and squirrels. Later in college, her boyfriend (later to be husband) taught her about falconry and using hawks and other birds of prey to hunt squirrels, rabbits, and other small game. She fell in love with sport and continues to learn more each and every day about the hunting and its history. She loves to cook all kinds of wild game recipes and loves trying new things while outdoors. She currently goes small game hunting with her husband and now is studying to become a licensed falconer in Georgia.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tim is a 20-year employee of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. Tim’s duties are the coordination of the department’s hunter education program. This program has expanded over the years to include many new and engaging educational programs such as Indiana’s - National Archery in the Schools Program. Tim was appointed the State Coordinator for this program in December of 2005. He is also the National Range Manager for the national archery tournaments hosted the National Archery in the Schools Program across the country. During Tim’s career, his involvement in the shooting sports and hunting has strengthened his abilities to lead the department’s outdoor education programs to a new level. With over 39 years of volunteering and working to promote outdoor activities. In 2018 Tim was awarded the International Hunter Education Association – USA, Professional Hall of Fame Award. Tim holds numerous training certifications from various organizations that promote and encourage the use of our great natural resources.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Chief Hunter Safety Education Instructor, retired family practice nurse, saddlemaker, hunter, fisher and shooter. NRA Shotgun Certified Instructor
Director
GA Wildlife Resources Division
Rusty Garrison serves as the Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Mr. Garrison has been with DNR for 18 years having served most recently as the manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia. He has served in numerous other capacities, including Assistant Chief of Game Management, State Coordinator of Project WILD, and Chief of the DNR Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Before his career with DNR, Mr. Garrison worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for nearly nine years.
Rusty has served as a CLfT instructor since 2012. He has assists with classes mostly at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Georgia; but also teaches at Max McGraw in Illinois and at facilities in Colorado and Idaho.
Mr. Garrison holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology, both from the University of Georgia. He is active in his local community, having previously volunteered as a fire fighter and first responder for his county EMS. Mr. Garrison has traveled to over 65 countries while on mission trips and remains active in his local church. He is married to his wife Sue, has three daughters, and is a proud grandfather.
Associate Professor
Ohio State University School of Environement and Natural Resources
Robert J. Gates is Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Bob grew up and began hunting with his father in east central Wisconsin, after which his family moved to the hunting paradise of eastern South Dakota, where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Science from South Dakota State University. Bob’s graduate degrees were from Montana State University (M.S.) and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Ph.D.). Bob’s travels have provided many memorable hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities that he has shared with family and friends in 19 states/provinces in the U.S. and Canada. He is most proud of passing on the hunting and fishing traditions to his younger brother Dale, and to his sons Eric and Jared. Bob is an avid bird hunter who most enjoys hunting pheasants and prairie grouse over pointing dogs (especially Brittanys) and also hunts doves, waterfowl and big game. Bob has taught classes and conducted research with graduate students for nearly 30 years, first at Southern Illinois University, and currently at Ohio State University. His research interests are primarily focused on ecology and management of upland game birds, waterfowl and other wetlands-dependent wildlife, and conservation of wetlands and early successional habitats. He has been a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) for more than 30 years, serving as state chapter president in Illinois and Ohio, and President
CLfT Instructor- Hunter Education Instructor
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Michael Kolsun has been a volunteer Hunter Education instructor for the Vermont F&W department for 28 years. He is certified in hunter, bow and trapper education and currently serves as a Chief Instructor. Growing up in a non hunting family, he was mentored into hunting in his early twenties. After all the help he received, the importance of 'paying it forward' lead him to becoming a certified instructor. Through networking in his local community, he now has a team of 12 instructors, teaching a hands on, interactive, experiential based class.
He has attended the Tom Brown Tracker School, learned to make primitive longbows with John McPherson, is an avid hand loader of ammunition and has spent time as a primitive rendezvous/fur trade era, muzzle loader competitor. Taking the hunt to a deeper level of satisfaction, which includes butchering and caring for ones harvested game, is a year round pursuit.
As an Endowment member of the NRA, he has instructor ratings in pistol and shotgun. After retirement from UPS, he has started Vermont Advanced Shooting Sports (V.A.S.S.), a post hunter education school, to facilitate the new shooter with limited mentoring opportunity.
Michael and his wife, Molly Cook, live on 38 acres in the Northeast Kingdom in Brighton, VT. They spend their time managing their land to sustain wildlife, hunting, fishing, shooting and enjoying the gifts that nature provides. Wild game meat in the freezer is their preferred diet.
Hunter Development Program Manager
GA-DNR Wildlife Resources Division
Walter Lane is the Hunter Development Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR). Walter has been a CLfT Instructor since 2009. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a B.S. again in 1999 with a M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. He began working as a wildlife biologist with the GA-DNR in 1999 and worked on a habitat restoration project for northern bobwhite quail and other grassland songbirds. In 2001, Walter became the Project WILD Coordinator for Georgia and held that position for seven years before taking over as Program Manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in 2007. Walter became the Hunter Development Program Manager for GA-DNR in 2010. Walter began hunting squirrels, doves, and deer with his uncles when he was a boy and has retained a passion for hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports. He began hunting waterfowl and turkeys after moving to Georgia in 1999. Walter has been married to a smokin' hot blonde from the NC Mountains for 12 years and they have two young boys who ensure there is never a dull moment in their lives.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Jim has been a wildlife professional since 1965, with experience as a forester, wildlife biologist, educator, and administrator. Retired after 33 years of federal service, 23 in D.C., he then came to MSU in 2001 and continues as Professor Emeritus after retiring in 2005. Jim is a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) since 1963, served as state President for two Chapters, as SE Section Representative to TWS Council, and as President of TWS in 1998-99. He has received numerous professional awards, e.g. two Secretary of Agriculture Honor Awards; the CW Watson Award from the SE Association; Mississippi Wildlife Federation Governors Conservationist of the Year Award; and from TWS, Honorary Member Award, and the professions most prestigious, the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award in 2007. Jim has been an inveterate hunter for over 70 years, spring gobbler hunting being his favorite since 1958. Hunting in multiple states annually he enjoys guiding family members, friends, colleagues, youngsters, and novice hunters. Married to the same considerate wife Doris, since 1962 they have two sons and one grandson. Jim is a Charter Instructor for CLfT from the initial workshop in 2005, and continues actively serving the profession as consultant, motivational speaker, and volunteer.
Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Biology
Purdue University
I taught at Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of 35 years, teaching several courses, including Habitat Management and Wildlife Techniques. Research interests were broad, and included white-tailed deer food relationships and avian breeding biology.
I have taught participants at Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow workshops since shortly after its inception, and try to bring my broad background and eclectic interests to the program.
Dendrologist-Retired
Purdue University
I taught Dendrology, native shrub, and herbaceous I.D. at Purdue University for 30 years in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. My classes were taken by sophomores to Graduate students studying Wildlife and Forestry. My goal was always to impress upon students the value of understanding the importance of plant identification in managing habitat.
My role in Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow is to teach and educate our participants to the best of my ability about wildlife conservation in our country. Every single workshop is a treat and I look forward to next season.
CLfT National Coordinator
Prior to coming to CLfT, David was a Captain with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division where he served for 27 1/2 years in a variety of positions including Field Officer, Environmental Investigator, Homeland Security Coordinator, Training Administrator and the Education and Training Section Commander. David holds a number of instructor certifications and specialties that includes: ILETB Master Instructor, Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle), 4H Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor, Muzzleloading Rifle, Range Safety Officer, Indiana and Illinois Hunter Education Instructor and Indiana Trapper Education Instructor. David is a 1980 graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate of Science degree in Conservation Law Enforcement and a graduate of the 191st Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a three-term president of the Association of Natural Resource Enforcement Trainers (ANRET)(now a subcommittee of NAWEOA). David served as Secretary of the International Hunter Education Association, IHEA from 2009 to 2011.