POMEROY - A Pomeroy man was honored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Friday for decades of volunteer service to hunter and shooting education.
Elton Brown, 86, volunteered as a Washington Hunter Education program instructor for 30 years, teaching hundreds of youngsters hunting ethics and safety.
He has been active in the Pomeroy Gun Club, especially with the Pomeroy Junior Trap Shooting program, for 50 years, donating not only time but money and equipment.
When he was 10 years old, in 1935, Brown purchased his first bird hunting license from the county, since the state was just getting started in game management at that time.
He has never missed a year since then, making this year's purchase his 75th consecutive hunting license.
"Elton Brown has made an inspiring contribution to hunting and youth in the state of Washington," said WDFW Enforcement Sergeant Jim Nelson of Pomeroy. "I am honored to present him with this certificate of appreciation today - a token of our gratitude for his lifelong and loyal service, support, and friendship."
Brown was also presented a framed print of the 2009 Washington Migratory Bird Stamp artwork of a Canada goose by artist Robert Steiner.
Brown is an avid waterfowl hunter, said Nelson, who has been fortunate enough to share a goose blind with Brown in past seasons.