5 Minutes with.....David Allen, Executive Director, IHEA

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2020 IHEA-USA Annual Conference “FOCUS ON THE FUTURE”


The Windham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, nestled along the Jupiter Intercoastal Waterway, will serve as our conference host site. This gateway to Florida's best includes upscale shopping, exciting nightlife, and incredible dining at Harbourside Place.  Rooms are available at the special IHEA conference price of $149 a night plus tax. 

Stay dates:  May 17 , 2020 - May 22, 2020  Cancellation Policy: Cancel 72 hrs prior to 4pm day of arrival to avoid a 1 night charge plus tax.
Additional Info:  Please contact In-House Reservations at (561) 273-6668 if interested in reserving a room or suite with an upgraded view, as well as for reserving any additional nights at the group rate that are outside of the group stay dates.

Sponsor Packet Information:

The IHEA-USA is seeking sponsors, partners, and exhibitors for the 2020 annual conference.  The conference theme is Focus on the Future.  Stakeholders of the hunter education community who are interested in reaching a focused demographic, expanding your network of contacts, and making face-to-face connections with those who need your products or services are invited to join us at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harborside Place in West Palm Beach, Florida.  To learn more information about sponsorship opportunities, please review the conference sponsor packet at this link: Sponsor Packet Here
Regular registration is now open! (Click the link below)


Spring 2020 IHEA-USA Hunter Incident Academy

All spots are now reserved! 

Academy Overview

The IHEA-USA Hunter Incident Academy, the only one of its kind, provides skills, knowledge, techniques, and confidence to state and federal wildlife officers in hunting-related incidents. IHEA-USA is keenly interested in the proper collection, documentation, and analysis of this important data. Wildlife law enforcement officers who are already experts in investigations in outdoor landscapes will improve their investigative techniques. With this additional training, improved collection of facts is possible, and crucial in the mission of keeping hunting the safe activity that it is for curriculum development and media outreach efforts to aid in the prevention of hunting incidents. Through hunter education courses volunteer instructors provide students with the needed knowledge and skills to avoid becoming a statistic.

The five-day academy will cover the following topics: policies, planning an investigation, tools of the investigation, bullet-path reconstruction, evidence kits, ballistics, blood analysis, evidence collection, diagramming, the methodology of the hunting investigation, treestand falls and scenarios.


Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT


Johnsonburg Camp & Retreat Center 
822 Route 519
Johnsonburg, NJ 07825

This course is for Conservation Law Enforcement Only

Contact Paulette Lubke for more information or to register.
Phone: 303-430-7233
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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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