A Texas County man was recently named the Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Michael Kane, of Eunice, received the award for the department’s Ozark Region. At 80 years old, Kane has served as a hunter education instructor since his initial certification in 2004. He is a veteran and retired police officer, who now works as a concealed carry instructor. 

“Michael is an extremely reliable hunter education instructor who’s dedicated many years of service to MDC, teaching hunters how to be safe throughout a hunt,” said MDC outdoor skills specialist Travis Mills.

Mills said Kane demonstrates great care for the community and actively recruits new hunters to the sport.

“He works to produce safe, knowledgeable hunters,” Mills said. “We appreciate him immensely.”

For more information about MDC’s hunter education program, including how to volunteer, go online to

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