Thursday, August 4, 2022

National Bowhunter Education Foundation Supports IHEA & Sponsors Conference

RAPID CITY, SD – The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) supports the International Hunter Education Association and recently sponsored the 2022 International Hunter Education Association - USA (IHEA) Conference May 17 -19 in West Palm Beach, FL at a silver level. The IHEA-USA offered free online attendance to the virtual portion of the conference to all IHEA-USA instructor members.

The “Focus on the Future”-themed conference featured keynote speakers including MeatEater’s Steven Rinella, educational workshops, awards, hands-on field exercises and shooting events. Palm Beach County is the home of Florida’s largest public shooting sports complex.

“We always look forward to this event,” explained Marilyn Bentz, NBEF Executive Director. “The conference offers great opportunities to talk with state coordinators and leaders in the industry to align strategies and tactics to make a bigger impact.”

“We value the ongoing support from the National Bowhunter Education Foundation and appreciate its sponsorship of our recent conference,” shared IHEA-USA Executive Director Alex Baer. “NBEF has been a wonderful partner for many years, and their contributions to hunter education and the many volunteers that teach it are extremely important to new bow hunters.”

NBEF works with IHEA-USA to spread NBEF’s message about its safety and success-focused bowhunter ed classes, informational materials and to enthusiastically support the industry.

Learn more about the 2022 IHEA-USA Annual Conference at the IHEA website.

NBEF helps bowhunters learn to be safe, successful and stewards of the sport. NBEF offers bowhunting instructional items, books, videos, 3-D models, apparel and more at

About NBEF

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers instructional content and tools for bowhunter education classes in the US. Helping bowhunters learn to become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport is important to the NBEF. NBEF provides the bowhunter certification and class content that some states and certain circumstances require to bow hunt. NBEF provides instructor training and certification.

NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. States may have additional requirements. Europe and other countries offer full reciprocity for the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.

NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization. Tax-deductible donations to support this non-profit are welcome.

About the IHEA-USA: The International Hunter Education Association – USA (IHEA-USA) is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service hunter education programs. These programs employ 55,000 instructors, many of whom are volunteers, teaching hunting and shooting safety and responsibilities throughout the United States.


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