IHEA-World Certified Hunt Safe Program

IHEA-World Certified Hunt Safe Program

The NAFWS has worked with the IHEA to institute a World certified hunter’s education course tribes can use to train new and upcoming hunters.  The course is recognized by 19 countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States). The course is fully accredited by the countries listed above, of which all 50 U.S. states, the ten provinces and three territories of Canada, and the 31 United Mexican States confer reciprocity.

There are currently 3 training options Tribal Nations can choose from to provide quality safety training. Tribes can choose from 1, 2 or all 3 options as they desire to fit their needs.

The course allows Tribes to add any specific information they would like, such as, funding sources, special regulations, and cultural segments to the ten basic requirements every course must have. All 3 options require the Tribal Seal/Logo for the Hunter Education Card.

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There are Three Kinds of Courses:

The class will be conducted in a classroom setting and can perform any field safety exercises needed. This is the traditional style class with 10 to 12 hours of instructor and student interaction over the length of a few days. The standard Hunter Education booklet “Today’s Hunter” will be used and a final assessment test will be conducted. High levels of staff time.
This class is designed with the students taking the booklet portion via the National Rifle Association training website.  The following options allow Tribes to add any content they want to

When the students complete the online portion a certificate of completion will be issued the student can bring into the Tribal Offices to complete the training.  Tribes have the option to test the students immediately in person or conduct a field training day and then test the students afterwards. High to moderate levels of staff time

Students will take an online course through the National Rifle Association training website to achieve certification and a hunter’s education card. The students work through the course book taking a test at the end of each chapter, once complete a Hunter Education Card with the Tribes logo will be printed. This course does not require an in person training or a field assessment.  Minimal staff time

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Participating Tribes:

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Lummi Nation, Muscogee Nation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians


The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is now partnered with the International Hunter Education Association allowing Native American tribes to become certified to teach Hunter Education. This new partnership opens up Hunter Education to the over 4.5 million Native Americans, allowing them reciprocity to hunt worldwide.

With 227 tribes in 7 regions, NAFWS supports these tribes in their right to manage over 56 million acres of tribal lands for fishing and hunting. Delivering messages of safe hunting practices through state wildlife agency programs has been extremely difficult, if not impossible, in many of these territories. This partnership allows NAFWS associated tribes to teach Hunter Education and issue valuable official Hunter Education cards certifying new hunters to buy licenses anywhere in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and other IHEA-WORLD partner countries.

Shawna Belavance, President of IHEA-WORLD commented, “I would like to welcome NAFWS to IHEA-World. We are proud to have you join our world association, and we look forward to working together with you and all our world partners to achieve the highest standards of safe, responsible, and ethical hunters – this is the goal we strive for every day.”


“Kwak kway (Thank you) to the IHEA-World and the NAFWS for collaborating together to accomplish the Hunt Safe Program under the NAFWS,” stated Darren Talayumptewa, NAFWS Board Member. “This program will allow tribes to use their sovereignty to implement the same Hunter Education curriculum taught within each state game and fish agency, however it will allow tribes to incorporate their own respective traditional and cultural hunting ethics and practices for our people and the general public. It is our hope tribes and state agencies will honor the certification and continue with our collaborative efforts to teach Hunter Education values and ethics for all.”

Continuing education training for Hunter Educators in the tribes is already available through the IHEA-USA’sLearnhunting.org portal, and Hunter Education classes are expected to launch in tribal territories in the summer of 2023.