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2020 IHEA-USA Membership Promotion Winners

Thank you to everyone who became a new member or renewed last year. We appreciate the support and congrats to our winners!


  • 1st Prize, Genesis Bow – T Kirby, New York
  • 2nd Prize, Styrka S3 Series Riflescope 3- 9x40 – T Hiiva, Idaho
  • 3rd Prize, Sun Optics CSP6X42 Hunter Plus Rifle Scope – B Adamson, Ohio


  • Grand Prize,  Lifetime IHEA-USA Membership – R Harnas, New York
  • 2nd Prize, Leupold VX Freedom 3-9X40 Riflescope - J Mershon, Montana
  • 3rd Prize, Alps Outdoorz Matrix Crossbow Day Pack – J Doll, Montana


2020 IHEA-USA Annual Conference Cancelled


IHEA-USA 2020 Conference Cancelled
In light of U.S. and global health authority guidelines regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2020 IHEA-USA Conference set to take place in West Palm Beach, Florida May 18-21, has been canceled.  
IHEA-USA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have worked together to arrange for the host hotel for the 2020 Conference to move the event dates to May 17-20 of 2021. The 2021 IHEA-USA  Conference schedule for Sun Valley, Idaho will move to a later date.
 “Given the circumstances, moving the event back one year is the best solution for all.  We appreciate Bill Cline and his staff not only for the hard work they have put in already but also for their willingness to move the event back one year. And we are especially grateful to Brenda Beckley and the Idaho Fish & Game for being willing to move their event back to an even later year,” stated David Allen IHEA-USA Executive Director. “We will begin to process refunds and look toward making the 2021 event a success. If you have questions feel free to contact the IHEA-USA office in Denver. We urge everyone to be safe and observe the CDC guidelines for this virus,” Allen added.
IHEA-USA’s Board will meet on Tuesday March 24, by conference call, to determine what action items and other business need to be conducted electronically with HunterEd Administrators in lieu of the annual IHEA-USA Business meeting scheduled for May 21. Those acton items will be distributed to all HunterEd Administrators in the near future. Further details will be distributed at the appropriate times in the future.


Report: Hunting, Shooting Sports Faring Better than Assumed

RMEF Elk Network Article 

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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!

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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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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!    

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 is affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies

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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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