Which group is a primary supporter of hunter education? Unfortunately there are very few organizations that support hunter education to the degree that gun-owning sportsmen do. International Hunter Education Association, the primary provider of online hunter education, is arguably the world leader in hunter education programs. However, they receive little support from sportsmen outside the industry and are routinely trounced in their efforts by the most rabidly anti-gun organizations.
Federal hunter education assistance is offered through the National Shooting Association (NSA). The other main federal entity that supports hunter education is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The FWS also gives preference to the states when it comes to setting hunting regulations. Despite this, the service still has an interest in promoting public understanding of hunting among all parties, particularly among the general public. It also has an interest in encouraging better relationship among hunters and sport hunters. It does not appear to be interested in any particular approach to the issue of gun control.
The third organization that is arguably a primary supporter of hunter education is the National Firearms Association (NAFA). Like the FWS, the NAFA also receives little support from state wildlife agencies. The only way that the NFA gets federal money is if it convinces a state to expand its certification program. However, the vast majority of the funds it receives goes to salaries for its board of directors and staff members. For these funds to be spent on expanding hunter education in state wildlife agencies it is necessary for the states to provide a matching level of financial assistance.
A fourth organization that is frequently overlooked when it comes to determining which group is a primary supporter of hunter education is the firearm manufacturers themselves. The Gun Owners’ Freedom Foundation (GOOF) is one such organization. As GOOF states on its web site, “we are an independent, nonprofit, industry watchdog organization. Our mission is to promote and advance the freedom, liberty, and responsibility of responsible firearms ownership.” In addition to promoting responsible gun ownership, the Gun Owners’ Freedom Foundation supports a number of other related issues, including ending gun violence, reducing gun-related crime, ending illegal drug use of firearms, and ending domestic violence and school shootings. GOOF also publishes a magazine.
The fifth group that often is considered the primary source of support for hunter education is the various license hunters have available in states throughout the country. As noted, each state has different criteria when it comes to issuing hunting licenses. Each state also issues a variety of different licenses, some of which are limited in certain circumstances (for example, if a person is under the age of 18 or has specific conditions, like mental illness, that prevent them from obtaining a license). Because there are a wide variety of different licenses available, it is often difficult to determine which group is a primary supporter of hunter education within a state.
One way to obtain some sense of which group is a primary supporter of hunter education in your area is to take some time to research the various clubs, organizations, and/or other entities associated with hunting. For example, you may want to consider looking into the local Big Game Hunters Club. These clubs usually hold meetings at local parks and/or facilities, as well as via the internet. At these meetings, hunters education and discussion on all aspects of hunting are usually held, and participants are often updated on upcoming tournaments and opportunities to hunt specific species in certain areas. Sometimes, special license plates or stickers are produced to further promote hunter education and participation.
Other options include contacting the local chapter of the National Wildlife Federation. These groups are often associated with a local chapter of the N Wadway Society. In addition to holding meetings locally, they have many regional chapters throughout the country, where hunters education and wildlife related events are often held. While not always directly related to any major conservation organization, many of these conservation groups may have information on hunting outfitters in various regions throughout the country. You can contact several of them for more specific information.
Finally, you may be able to contact your state’s wildlife agency. Many states have a partnership with wildlife management departments in order to promote long-term sustainability of wildlife populations through a wide range of activities, including public education and licensing programs. The most common partnership occurs between state wildlife agencies and private landowners. Landowners can establish private conservation areas that provide premium hunting opportunities. At the same time, state wildlife agencies will regulate hunting activities, ensuring that the population is sustainable. As a result, many hunters who participate in state-created conservation areas often have an opportunity to earn a firearms license.