IHEA News Releases

IHEA-USA 2016 Memberships


Dear Hunter Education Supporter:

It's time to renew your annual IHEA-USA membership for 2016!  Your continued membership is critical, as it supports our mission "to continue the hunting heritage worldwide by developing safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved hunters." As a SPECIAL BONUS, all 2016 applications received from October 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016 will be entered into a prize drawing! Three (3) lucky winners will be drawn for either an IHEA-USA Lifetime Membership, Otis Elite® gun cleaning kit or a $100 Cabela's or Bass Pro Gift Card (Winner's Choice).

Please click on "Join Now!" (above) TODAY!

Thanks for supporting Hunter Education, and good luck in the drawing!

- John McKay, IHEA-USA Executive Director (Interim)

IHEA-USA Executive Director Job Announcement

IHEA-USA Announces Job Opening for Executive Director!

Do you have a background in hunter education, executive non-profit or government administration and communications, fundraising and networking abilities?   IHEA-USA membership is comprised of all 50 state fish and wildlife agency hunter education program administrators, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives and Hunter Education Instructors -- 55,000 strong in the U.S.!  Look HERE for more information. Apply today!

Executive Director Departs IHEA-USA

Executive Director Departs for Texas Hunter Education Position

Executive director, Steve Hall, departed IHEA-USA in late August to take on a new role as Texas hunter education coordinator.  As Texas Parks and Wildlife representative, he will still be a state member of IHEA-USA and assist the organization going forward, especially to ensure a smooth flow in operations during the transition.

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Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month

Did you know that falls from stands are the #1 Hunting Incident in North America?

Get Properly Prepared to Hunt from Tree Stands this Season!


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Volunteer Instructor of the Year Selected!

Hunter Ed. Instructor, Steve Mills, Toledo, WA, selected as 2014 Instructor of the Year!

Steve Mills was recently honored at the IHEA-USA Conference in Des Moines, IA in May.  Sponsored by Federal Ammunition, the award honors the individual nominated by Hunter Education Administrators and best representing the 55,000 hunter education instructors across the United States.  Mr. Mills was unable to attend the conference but accepted the award from director of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Jim Unsworth, on June 12th at a WDFW Commission Meeting.  CONGRATULATIONS STEVE!

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IHEA-USA Awards Feature of 2015 Des Moines Conference!

Top Hunter Education Officials, Instructors and Partners Appointed & Honored at Recent Conference!

On May 21st, the final day of the conference, a new IHEA-USA Board was installed during the business meeting and top hunter education officials/instructors were honored during the IHEA-USA Awards Luncheon.

See which Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors and staff were honored with "Hall of Fame" Awards!

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2015 2nd Annual IHEA-USA Photo Contest

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. Photo

The International Hunter Education Association-USA announces its 2nd ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST!

Submit your hunter education photo entries today!

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VERMONT - 2016 IHEA-USA Conference Host

SAVE THE DATE! May 23-26, 2016 • Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Agency will host the 2016 IHEA-USA Business Meeting & Conference, May 23-26 at the Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain in Vergennes, Vermont. 

Official Conference Sponsor: 

Kalkomey Logo

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2015 IHEA-USA Annual Conference Set

IHEA-USA Annual Conference to be held in Des Moines, IA, May 18-21!

Mark your calendar for this year's conference in the Heart of the Heartland!

Click HERE for more information!

Register for Conference HERE!

Click HERE for DRAFT Agenda!


For exhibitors, sponsors and donors -- REGISTER TODAY!

2015 IHEA-USA Conference Highlights



THANKS Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources & Iowa Hunter Education Instructor Association! 


Hunter Education Administrators and USFWS hunter education professionals from throughout the United States/Territories convened for the annual IHEA-USA Conference & Business Meeting along with conference hosts (Iowa DNR staff and Iowa Hunter Education Instructor's Association Volunteers/Instructors), partners, sponsors, industries, conservation organizations and special guests from countries such as Mexico.  Thanks to Title Sponsor, Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. (online, social media and print hunter education provider) as well as all sponsors and donors for what turned out to be a most memorable event. 

Be sure to join us at the Basin Harbor Club, Lake Champlain, VT., May 23-26th, 2016!

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Big THANKS to our Conference Partners!


A BIG THANKS to our 2015 IHEA-USA Conference Sponsors, Donors & Partners!



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Project Childsafe®

IHEA-USA Teams up with NSSF® on Project Childsafe® Program

IHEA-USA, the world leader in developing safe and responsible hunters since 1949, has become a promotional supporter of National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project Childsafe® Program. Though many state programs have already supported and provided thousands of free gun locks in their hunter education efforts, and though hunter education already teaches about safe firearm storage in the home, IHEA-USA will be enhancing its efforts by further promoting the message, Own It?  Respect It. Secure It. to hundreds of thousands of hunter education students in the years to come.

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2014 Heritage Hunt Held

2014 Heritage Hunt held at Hixon Ranch in Cotulla, TX

The annual Heritage Hunt, also called the DREAM HUNT, was held November 7- 9th at the Hixon Ranch near the hunter-friendly town of Cotulla, "Deep in the Heart" of South Texas Two lucky students and two instructors enjoyed "a most memorable hunt!"

(l to r): IHEA-USA executive director, Steve Hall, CO instructor Robert Clemans, WV dad Jay Stanislawczyk, WV student Jacob Stanislawczyk, KS student Curtis Williams, KS dad Gerald Williams, Hunt Coordinator, Leaha Wirth (Focus Group, Inc.) and WS instructor Richard Rowell

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2014 IHEA-USA Photo Contest Winners Announced

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IHEA-USA Newsletter

IHEA-USA Newsletter HERE!

For direct access to IHEA-USA Weekly News Brief and occasional Newsletters, please type in your email to the right.

Hunting Incident Academy a Huge Success!

Missouri Hosts Largest Hunting Incident Investigation Academy Ever!

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IHEA-USA 2014 Administrator's Academy Completed

IHEA-USA Fall Board Meeting & Administrator's Academy Held Oct.13-17th!

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Mossberg Introduces Five-Gun Training Set for Hunter Education Classes

Click HERE to read more about Mossberg's new training set made especially for hunter education courses.

2014 Conference a Huge Success!

International Hunter Education Association (IHEA)-USA conducted its annual business and honored top hunter education professionals and volunteers at its recent conference held at the Doubletree Inn & Suites in historic, downtown Charleston, SC, June 3-5th.  Hosted by Captain "Billy" Downer and his staff from South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources , the highlight of the conference included the annual IHEA-USA Awards Ceremony honoring those that have far exceeded in "continuing the heritage of hunting worldwide by developing safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved hunters and shooters..." --the mission of the Association. 

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Gallery of Guns Honors Instructors

Gallery of Guns to Honor Outstanding Hunter Education Instructors

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Hunting - "Safe and Getting Safer"

Hunter Education has been a HUGE success over time!

See Sports Injury Comparison HERE!

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Peer Influence Hunter Recruitment Program

The Hunting Heritage Trust (HHT), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently partnered on a study to understand the impact of peer influence on youth participation in hunting and target shooting. The study, which was comprised of youth focus groups and a comprehensive phone survey, was conducted by Responsive Management, a leading public opinion and attitude survey research firm which specializes in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues.  The HHT, NSSF and IHEA-USA are now using the results of this study to help recurit hunters and shooters.  Click here to find out how you can help!    

IHEA is affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies

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Firearm Safety Rules

Follow 4 basic rules and make hunting even safer

Hunting is one of the safest ways to enjoy the outdoors. To ensure hunting remains safe and becomes ever safer, the International Hunter Education Association-USA (IHEA-USA) recommends hunters and shooters follow four basic rules of firearms safety.

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IHEA Endowment Donation Recognition

The International Hunter Education Association would like to express its deep appreciation to Dr. Edward Kozicky for his generous donation of $10,000 to to create the new Kozicky Endowment. The IHEA's most prestigious annual award is the Kozicky Award and this endowment will be used to fund this award in perpetuity. Dr. Kozicky was the first executive director of the IHEA, and he has been an ardent supporter of the IHEA mission and programs since the beginning. 

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