The Hunting and Shooting Sports industry plays a vital role in directly supporting hunter education with the funding necessary to provide and manage programs and develop ranges. The fact is, industry plays a vital role in conservation efforts, especially in the United States.
Companies who make firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment pay an excise tax to the federal government through the Wildlife Restoration program. These funds are used by state wildlife agencies for land acquisition, wildlife research, management, hunter education and shooting ranges. Collection of excise taxes from manufacturers on products produced by the hunting & shooting industries is one of the primary reasons that wildlife management in America has been so successful.
Many industries work directly with the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA)-USA to make certain products available at discounts to instructors or agencies. This type of assistance helps stretch the limited dollars in everyone's budget, while providing a more effective training program for students.
Industries also work with IHEA-USA to develop safer products to use in the field, and to develop training aids for hunter education courses.
People who work in the shooting sports industries are usually hunters and target shooters. They care about the safety of people who hunt, and they care about wildlife. Industry is working with all of us to protect our hunting heritage.
Please support our partners who support hunter education:
Bass Pro Shops provides support for membership incentives and annual hunter education conference.
Cabela's provides support for lifetime memberships, annual conference and student and instructor training nationwide
Federal Premium Ammunition sponsors the annual "Hunter Education Instructor of the Year" Award, annual conference and ammo to states
Gander Mountain sponsors 4 full pages in the Hunter Education & Shooting Sports Education Journal and student training in states
Henry Firearms provides firearms to state hunter education programs for instructor recognition, training aids and special events
Hunter Education Internet Providers provide sponsorships at annual conference, training aids and general hunter education support. In addition some providers also work with states on event, registration and certification systems to enhance hunter education customer service