The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division recently recognized two volunteers who between them have taught firearms safety in the state for 110 years. Carl Ireland, of Apple Valley, has been an instructor for 60 years, while Del Haverly, of New London, has been an instructor for 50 years. Minnesoa has offered firearms safety training since 1955.
Ireland, who’d been in the U.S. Army Reserve, began his firearms safety career in 1958 after learning about a Boy Scout group in Richfield that wanted to provide its scouts the opportunity to be certified in firearms safety.
Haverly began his volunteer instructor career in 1968 when a neighbor needed help with class instruction. Since then, he’s touched the lives of many students from a variety of backgrounds. It’s apparent he still has a passion for teaching hunter education and firearms safety, according to Jen Mueller, southwest regional training officer.