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 650,000 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.
During the 20th century, hunters raised billions of dollars for wildlife conservation in North America and championed the cause of wildlife restoration programs. Now, in the 21st century, hunters continue to be the most effective political voice supporting legislation to protect wild things and wild places for future generations.
Governance of the International Hunter Education Association
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 an Office Manager handle the ongoing operations from their office in Denver, Colorado, using policies established by the IHEA-USA Board under a modified Carver form of governance.
The IHEA Foundation is a separate non-profit board formed for the purpose of securing financial support and other resources needed to advance the mission of the International Hunter Education Association.
IHEA-USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marisa Lee Futral, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Eric Shanks, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Travis Long, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
REGION I REPRESENTATIVE
Wayde Cooperider, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
REGION II REPRESENTATIVE
Lt. Andy Hagerty, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
REGION III REPRESENTATIVE
Michael Sawyer, Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
REGION IV REPRESENTATIVE
Lt. Megan Fedrick, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fish and Parks
Chuck Sykes, Director Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
INSTRUCTOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR
Kevin Lockwood, Volunteer Instructor, Indiana Department of Natural Resource
CAHSS REPRESENTATIVE (NON-VOTING)
Dr. Steven Leath
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (NON-VOTING)
PO Box 1320
Lolo, MT 59847