Hunter Education professionals from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and Dominican Republic recently gathered for the 2011 International Hunter Education Association’s (IHEA) conference held June 1 – 4, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

IHEA, based in Denver, CO, develops hunter education curriculum standards and training methods, hosts a national academy for hunting incident investigations and an academy for new administrators among its varied list of duties.

Conference sessions included a motivational speech by Dave Butz, retired all-pro defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins; Ethics in Modern Hunting: Distinguishing Virtues from Vices, by Dr. David Cobb; Strategic Sports Marketing by Dr. Jonathan Casper and Leadership and Team Building, and How to Be a Better Communicator by Dave Oakes. Youth shooting sports program updates were received from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association (NRA), North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, IHEA and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Attendees also participated in hands on field day exercises revolving around the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

Elections were held at the business meeting on Saturday, June 4th with a new president. president-elect, secretary, Zone 2 VP, Zone 3 VP and instructor rep being elected. The IHEA Board of Directors is as follows:

  • John McKay, President, Nevada
  • Randy Huskey, President-Elect, Tennessee
  • Megan Wisecup, Secretary, Iowa
  • Lance Brown, VP Zone 1 (Canada), Saskatchewan
  • Bill Blackwell, Instructor Rep, Zone 1, Ontario
  • Chris Willard, VP Zone 2 (Western US), Oregon
  • Dave Bauer, Instructor Rep, Zone 2, Colorado
  • Bill Balda, VP Zone 3 (Eastern US), Kentucky
  • Ricky Moss, Instructor Rep, Zone 3, Alabama
  • Wilhelm Greeff, VP Zone 4 (all other countries outside Canada and US), South Africa
  • Thomas Saldias, Instructor Rep, Zone 4, Peru

Next year marks the IHEA’s 40th anniversary. The annual conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, May 30 – June 2, 2012.


Wayne East


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