About the IHEA
The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) – USA is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the 50 state fish and hunter education programs. The programs employ 55,000 instructors, many of whom are volunteers, that teach hunting and shooting safety and responsibilities throughout the United States.
Hunter Education courses train and certify more than 600,000 students annually. Since 1949, almost 40 million students have completed hunter education courses that cover firearm safety, bowhunting, wildlife management, field care of game, responsible hunting, landowner relations, wildlife identification, and much more.
Hunting is a safe activity, and, because of hunter education, it is even safer! Over the last 50 years hunting related injury rates have decreased dramatically, even as populations of deer, wild turkey, elk, geese, and other species of game have risen to record numbers.
Hunters have raised billions of dollars for wildlife conservation in North America and championed the cause of wildlife restoration programs for many generations. Today, hunters continue to be the most effective political voice supporting legislation to protect wild things and wild places for future generations. Sign up for a hunter education course today and join the ranks of conservation and wildlife management OR donate your time by becoming an instructor to help others find their new passion in the outdoors!
Governance of the International Hunter Education Association – USA
The International Hunter Education Association – United States of America (IHEA-USA) is a non-profit organization representing professional hunter education personnel and volunteer instructors. The IHEA-USA Board of Directors has the responsibility to hire and evaluate the Executive Director, set goals, and monitor progress. The Executive Director and thier dedicated team handle the ongoing daily operations using policies established by the IHEA-USA Board under a modified Carver form of governance.
IHEA-USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Eric Shanks, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Carissa Daniels, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Megan Wisecup, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
REGION I REPRESENTATIVE
Wayde Cooperider, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
REGION II REPRESENTATIVE
Lt. Andy Hagerty, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
REGION III REPRESENTATIVE
Warren “Ed” Goodson, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
REGION IV REPRESENTATIVE
Jennifer Pittman, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Chuck Sykes, Director Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
INSTRUCTOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR
Kevin Lockwood, Volunteer Instructor, Indiana Department of Natural Resource
Charles “Swanny” Evans, Council to Advance Hunting & the Shooting Sports
Marisa Futral, Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (NON-VOTING)
IHEA-USA Management and Support
IHEA-USA Executive Director
IHEA-USA Support Organizations
IHEA-USA Marketing and Resource Development Team
Mike and Leaha Thomas