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December 23, 2014Milton Reisen honored as Certified DNR Fishing Instructor of the Year

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) trains freshwater anglers each year to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors for the Aquatic Education Section. These instructors teach the Family Fishing Clinics. Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more.

The 2nd Annual Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Banquet was held on Dec. 19 at the SC Department of Agriculture’s Phillip Market Center to thank the instructors for their hard work and dedication. Since the inception of the volunteer program in October 2011, there are over 163 trained volunteers. These volunteers have provided over 52 Family Fishing Clinics reaching 1,251 participants with over 900 hours of volunteer time.Milton Reisen

Milton Reisen was trained April 13, 2013. “He is patient and organized which are great qualities when teaching novices to fish. He exudes leadership and has assisted in recruiting fellow fishing club members from the Sun City community to become instructors. Most importantly, he loves to fish and wants to share that joy with others,” said Lorianne Riggin, DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator. Milton conducted five family fishing clinics and logged over 98 volunteer hours. Congratulations to Milton and thank you again to all volunteers!

If you are interested in becoming a Certified DNR Fishing Instructor, please visit our website to learn about upcoming trainings.

The intention of the Family Fishing Clinics is to introduce participants with little or no angling experience or those who need a refresher to the basics of fishing to increase their future participation in the sport. Participants will learn how and where to fish and have someone to fish with to become confident anglers.

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