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International Hunter Education Association

International Hunter Education Association  

Wayne East, President


The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) is the professional association for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies, and the 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in North America.

Hunter Education classes reach more than 750,000 students annually. Since 1949, more than 35 million students have been trained. Courses 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 it is getting safer all the time. 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.


The Hunter's Handbook is the IHEA endorsed student guide to products and safety. It is published once a year and distributed to Hunter Education students across North America through state/provincial wildlife agencies. The publication is industry supported and the profits cover all costs to produce and print the Hunter & Shooting Sports Education Journal that goes out to volunteer instructors three times annually.

The Handbook is a valuable resource that covers a full list of subjects regarding hunting products and how to use them safely, as well as information on "Where to go from here" once the student completes the Hunter Education course. In addition, each Handbook contains an entry form for students and instructors to enter an annual student/instructor nationally televised sweep-stakes "Hunt of a Lifetime".