IHEA-USA Award Nominations

Nominate a deserving member or organization of the hunter education community!

It is time to recognize members of the hunter education profession who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support hunter education. Please take some time to reflect on those who are deserving and have done an outstanding job for hunter education and the IHEA-USA. These awards well be presented at the Annual IHEA-USA business meeting and conference June 25-28, 2018 held in Anchorage, Alaska.

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IHEA-USA Executive Director Recruitment Announcement

Application Period:  March 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Job Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction, day to day operation/oversight and economic well-being of the International Hunter Education Association-United States of America (IHEA-USA), an internationally recognized conservation and education organization specifically focused on supporting and enhancing hunter education.

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2018 IHEA-USA Membership Renewal Promotion

Renew your Membership for 2018!

Application (PDF)

It's time to renew your annual International Hunter Education Association-United States of America

(IHEA-USA) membership for calendar year 2018! As a SPECIAL BONUS, all 2018 applications received from October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 will be entered into a prize drawing! Three (3) winners will receive either:

  • Lifetime IHEA-USA Membership, or
  • Styrka 3-9x40 scope, or
  • $100 Bass Pro or Cabela's Gift Card (winner's choice)

Drawing will be held April 5, 2018, and winners will be notified. Winning information will also be posted on the IHEA-USA website@ www.ihea-usa.org. Please take a moment and think about becoming a Lifetime IHEA-USA Member. 

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IHEA-USA 2018 Membership Promotion

Become a member of the IHEA-USA. Support the future of safe, responsible, and ethical hunting!

Select the below application.

Application (PDF)

Below is the terms of the promotion:

Each NEW Instructor Annual Member and each New Instructor Life Member will have their names entered into a drawing for one of the following prizes:

  • Ruger American 300 Win Mag rifle (#16912) (**see note below) 
  • Alpen Optics Package 1- 10x42 Model #385 Pro Binocular, 1- Model #725N, 15-45x60 Waterproof spotting Kit: (includes scope, table top tripod, car window mount and hard case). 1- Kodiak Rifle Scope: Model #2045, 3-9x40, wide angle. 
  •  Mathews Genesis Bow

The prize drawing will take place on April 5st, 2018 and the winners will be notified by email or phone. Prize winner’s names will be posted on the IHEA-USA web page.

** Federal Firearms requirements required for this item, and any FFL dealer fees will be the responsibility of the winner


2018 IHEA-USA Conference

Come Visit Anchorage , Alaska

June 25-28, 2018

Join us for a fun-filled week of networking, learning, and exploring the world of hunter education. Anchorage is a wonderful destination:

  • Stunning scenery, surrounded by the Chugach mountains to the east and Cook Inlet to the west.
  • Eclectic restaurants, local breweries, and some of the freshest seafood in the world.
  • Plenty of green spaces and urban wildlife - 223 parks, 135 miles of paved trails, plus healthy populations of moose, black bears, and brown bears.
  • Access to the rest of Alaska – leave from Anchorage for hunting, fishing, or wildlife-viewing adventures throughout the state.

Online Conference Registration Link

Conference Registration (PDF)

Conference Tentative Agenda (PDF)

Conference Apparel to Purchase Link


IHEA-USA is seeking sponsors, partners, and exhibitors for the annual conference. The conference planning committee is developing an outstanding program in order to bring together hunter education administrators and instructors to gather knowledge and learn from each other. This is a great opportunity for you to reach a focused demographic, expand your network of contacts, and make face-to-face connections with those who need your products or services.

Sponsor Packet (PDF)

The Conference will be held at the Hilton Anchorage. To make a room reservation, visit http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/A/ANCAHHF-IHEA18-20180620/index.jhtml or call (907) 272-7411  and use group code: IHEA18. For more information about the Conference, contact Ginamaria Smith at (907) 267-2196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 Gallery of Guns Scholastic Scholarship Program




Two hunter education students (high school juniors or seniors at the time of the deadline date) will be selected from those who have submitted a 200-WORD essay to the IHEA-USA on the following topic:

Now that you have completed the Hunter Education course, please tell us about your specific hunting or shooting experience and how you applied the knowledge gained from the Hunter Education course.

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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

Click HERE for the full story!

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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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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