Charles Cox of Shelley was honored recently by the Fish and Game Commission for his contributions to hunter education.
Commissioners gave their award for "Continuing Our Heritage" during their meeting at Stanley July 13.
Cox started teaching hunter education in 1979. In his long career as a volunteer instructor, he has led 51 classes and certified 960 new hunters. In Cox' classes, 93 percent of students have been able to achieve hunter certification.
The hunter education program has almost 900 active instructors. The Commission honors them based on an objective points system. The points accumulate for services rendered over the years, and at 35,000 points top instructors are given an art print and custom ring.