Regional Instructor of the Year Award
The Missouri Hunter Education Instructor’s Association recognizes the outstanding service and dedication of their members to hunter education. The following members have been selected by their peers to receive the annual Regional Instructor of the Year Award.
Walt Beumer “FRIENDS OF M.H.E.I.A.” Award
The Missouri Hunter Education Instructor’s Association recognizes the outstanding service and contributions of the following individuals to Missouri’s hunter education program. In memory of Walt Beumer, a founder of the Association, the Association honors the following:
Ken Andersen Award
The Missouri Hunter Education Instructor’s Association Highest Honor. Created in the memory of Ken Andersen.
Kendall Andersen moved to Missouri from his native Wisconsin in the early 1960’s. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed the sports of hunting and fishing. By the mid-1970’s, Ken had discovered Missouri’s voluntary Hunter Education program and became involved as a volunteer instructor. He and his son Keith enjoyed teaching together, usually conducting two or three classes each year.
When Missouri shifted into a mandatory Hunter Education program in 1988, Ken Andersen supported the idea wholeheartedly by teaching almost constantly. When volunteer Hunter Education instructor zones were set up in the St. Louis metro area, he became the volunteer coordinator for his South St. Louis County area. In 1991, Ken worked with Walt Beumer and several other volunteer instructors around the state to make the idea of the Missouri Hunter Education Instructor’s Association become reality. He was taken from us prematurely shortly after the first Hunter Education Workshop in the spring of 1992.