The Hunter Education Course to be held today through Wednesday at Cabela's at The Highlands is being dedicated to Hannah Mozingo, a 13-year-old Follansbee girl who died in an Oct. 13 home explosion.
Instructor Harry Croft said he is dedicating the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources-sanctioned course to late teen because she completed the last course just two days before she died.
Croft said the Follansbee Middle School eighth grader and her father, George Mozingo, attended the Oct. 7-9 class because they had planned to spend some time hunting together. She died Oct. 11.
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Preparing for the next Hunter Education Course to be held today through Wednesday at Cabela’s at The Highlands are Florence and Harry Croft, two of several instructors who teach the course.
West Virginia law provides that nobody can obtain a state hunting license unless they own a hunter education course certificate of completion.
"We dedicated this class to Hanna because it is our way of encouraging other young people to take advantage of something that she never got to take advantage of," Croft said. "We want them to appreciate all that hunting and the outdoors have to offer."
Croft teaches the course along with his wife, Florence, and two sons, Nelson and Matt. Other teachers are Dennis Moore, Pete Cuffaro, Bill Criswell and Dave Millhouse.
The course covers gun safety, tree stand safety, archery, animal identification, first aid, conservation and water safety. Participants are subjected to hands-on training with mock firearms to help them learn to navigate natural obstacles.
Croft said another reason people take the course is to qualify them to participate in urban hunting.
He said the free Hunter Safety Course is sponsored by the DNR and by Cabela's.