Welcome to the Hunter Education Hall of Fame
Tim McCormick, 60, of Culver, has supported, volunteered for, run programs and helped out in every way possible with Oregon hunting, especially in Jefferson County.
For the time and effort McCormick put into hunting and shooting programs for the past 26 years, he was inducted into the International Hunter Education Hall of Fame in Anchorage, Alaska.
McCormick is only the second person from Oregon ever to receive the award. The first Oregonian was Hedge Jarvis, of Winchester, who was inducted on May 21, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Jarvis was 77 years-old when he won his award and had been teaching hunters education for 32 years, certifying more than 1,665 students.
In his 26 years, McCormick has certified more than 1,200 students and instructed more than 80 hunter education classes. For 22 years, he was the instructor for a bow hunting education class, and he has taught more than 30 classes, certifying more than 600 students.
One of the original Master Hunter instructors, McCormick has instructed more than 15 classes and more than 30 workshops for the Oregon Outdoors Skills program, for which he has been a volunteer area coordinator for more than 24 years.
The award may be given to any individual volunteer — either active, retired, or deceased — who exhibits outstanding traits or provided services above and beyond the call of duty and exceeds the general efforts that helped improve the Hunters Education movement in their respective jurisdiction and for the International Hunters Education Association in the U.S.
The award is intended to recognize Hunters Education volunteers for their efforts supporting Hunters Education over the course of their lives. A person can only win the award once.
McCormick has been involved in 4-H shooting sports and has served on the local shooting committee since 2000. He has been involved with the Mount Jefferson Rifle, Archery and Pistol Association and Youth Hunter Ed Challenge, and is nationally certified in hunting, rifle and muzzle loading, and Western heritage. Western Heritage or Single Action Shooting Society.
Since 1992, McCormick has been certified in hunting education. In addition to state certification in archery and for 4-H clubs, he is the Hunters Education coordinator for all of Jefferson County and is also involved in angler education.
McCormick began his journey because kids were asking him how to shoot guns, what techniques to use, and for help, in general. "There is a lot of paperwork, headaches and logistics to all this, but when you are walking in a grocery store and some kid runs up to you and says, 'Tim! Tim! Tim! I just shot with my grandpa yesterday,' or, 'I got my first duck,' it's all worth it," McCormick said.
"I have had people I have never even seen or talked to before walk up to me, shake my hand and thank me," he said. "It is not about the awards or anything like that; it is about knowing that you were able to touch somebody's life."
Born in Hillsboro, McCormick lived in the Chehalem Mountains until he was 10 years old, when the family moved to Redmond, which he considers his hometown. He and his wife, Lynne, have three daughters, Jessica, Ginny and Whitney, two granddaughters and a grandson on the way.
"My dad died when I was 12, in 1970," he said. "Thank goodness for my mother; she always kept us hunting and fishing. I always enjoyed the outdoors and shooting."
McCormick moved Pendleton in 1984, and spent a brief period in Burns in 1992, before returning to Pendleton to become a lab technician at Blue Mountain Community College. In 2002, he moved to Culver and worked for AG West Supply for 10 years. He is currently a semi-retired tractor salesman.
He has been involved in Jefferson County hunters education for 16 years.
Along with being accepted into the International Hunter Education Hall of Fame on June 27, McCormick was awarded Hunting Education Instructor of the Year in 2001, and is in the Oregon Hunter Education Hall of Fame for teaching for more than 20 years. He won a distinguished award based on the amount of hours teaching hunters education.
"The importance of hunters education is gun safety, understanding survival, wildlife management, firearms and most importantly, ethics," said McCormick. "Hunting has tradition, heritage and is able to fund wildlife management."
"Most people don't know, but it used to be over 50 percent of the population hunted here in Oregon," McCormick said. "Now less than 10 percent hunt. So in those 10 percent, they are the ones that pay for all of the wildlife management in Oregon. The hunters and fishers pay for this and unfortunately, everyone takes them for granted. As the numbers go down, it creates less money and it's a very tough deal."
A program such as Youth Hunter Ed Challenge, a National Rifle Association program, has different skills for hunters, including shooting .22 rifles, shotguns, archery and a hunter's skills test, as well as compass and map skills. They also learn wildlife identification, which may include everything from hides and horns, to pictures, feathers, scat and tracks. McCormick is involved in both.
"Hunters education is like elementary school and the next steps are outdoor activities and the YHEC," McCormick said. "4-H has competitions like this every year, as well."
James Reed, the head of Oregon Hunter Education, nominated McCormick for the award. Only one person from Oregon can be nominated per year. The nomination goes through various selection committees, until the final person is inducted into the hall of fame.
"He (James) called me and said, 'You don't know, but I nominated you and you have been selected into the Hunters Education Hall of Fame in Alaska,'" said McCormick. "I was completely taken by surprise and flabbergasted; this was not on my mind or even in my radar."
"Thanks to RAPA, the Oregon Hunters Education Association and ODFW, helping pay for my trip to Alaska, making this possible," he said.
McCormick flew to Alaska for a week, to attend meetings and visit state-of-the-art fish hatcheries. The second day, McCormick and his wife visited gun ranges and went to wildlife conservation sites with all sorts of different animals. He was presented his award on the third day of his trip and on the last day, enjoyed the state and met some iditarod racers.
"This award meant a lot to me and I want to thank everyone involved in this and everything that we have been trying to do," McCormick said.