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International Hunter Education Association-USA (IHEA-USA; www.ihea.com) honored top hunter education professionals and volunteers at its recent conference & business meetings held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio in April. Hosted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department , the IHEA-USA Awards Ceremony annually honors those that have far exceeded in "continuing the heritage of hunting worldwide by developing safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved hunters and shooters..." --the mission of the Association.
Tim Lemon Named Hunter Education Professional of the Year!
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2013) — Tim Lemon, a hunter education specialist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized as the 2013 Hunter Education Professional of the Year by the International Hunter Education Association-USA (IHEA-USA), the professional organization for 50 state wildlife conservation agencies and the 65,000 hunter education instructors who teach hunter education in the United States. Sponsor of the award is the National Rifle Association and on hand to present the award was Bob Davis, head of NRA's Hunter Services Department -- a longtime partner of the Association.
Photo by Chase Fountain, TPWD
NRA's EVP, Wayne LaPierre, headlined the Opening Ceremonies at the International Hunter Education Association-USA (www.ihea.com) Conference & Business Meetings held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio April 3-6th. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department served as state host of the annual meeting of hunter education professionals from throughout North America and South Africa. TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith welcomed the enthusiastic crowd after an invocation by Ken Pollard and the posting of the flags by his famed Texas Buffalo Soldiers, a program and volunteer reenactment organization he and TPWD began in honor of the soldier's bravery and rich history of cultures involved in Texas land settlement. The opening ceremonies ended with TPWD Shooting Sports Coordinator, Charlie Wilson, bestowing honorary Texas Citizenship on those from other states and countries.
IHEA New Service - February 15. International Hunter Education Association –USA President, John McKay, announced the hiring of Steve Hall as the new Executive Director of IHEA-USA to Hunter Education Administrators, IHEA-USA Members, Supporters and Partners.
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!