IHEA Foundation Benefit Shoot Set for May 30-31 2009

IHEA Foundation Benefit Shoot Set for May 30-31 2009

International Hunter Education Association Foundation
International Hunter Education Association Foundation

Federal Heights, Colorado –-(ShootingWire.com)- The International Hunter Education Association Foundation (IHEAF) Board of Directors announces the Tenth Annual IHEAF Benefit Shoot and Auction will be held May 30-31, 2009 at Markham Park Range in Weston, Florida. The event raises funds to help the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) meet its mission of training safe and responsible hunters.

This year the benefit shoot is scheduled in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s National Shooting Sports Summit set to take place June 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Resort in nearby Sunrise, FL, just west of Ft. Lauderdale. The Summit brings hunting and shooting sports industry leaders together to address current issues and plan for future needs and growth.

“The hunter education program educates and trains 750,000 young hunters and shooters annually and the benefit shoot is the single most important event of the year to raise the funds needed to make the hunter education program succeed in today’s environment,” said Chad Bisinger, President of the IHEAF Board of Directors. “At this yearly gathering, industry and friends of the industry network with their peers, have fun at a friendly, competitive event at the shooting range and help raise money that benefits the next generation of hunters and shooters. It’s a vital component in IHEA’s annual budget and its ability to plan for the future.”

Bisinger added, “The shooting sports industry has a long record of supporting the annual benefit shoot. They sponsor teams at the event, donate supplies for it, give quality hunting and shooting equipment for the auction and, then, generously participate in the auction. It’s another good example of how the industry is solidly behind hunter education and safety training for the nation’s youth.”

Registration information and details for the two-day IHEA Benefit Shoot will be posted soon on the IHEA Web site www.ihea.org or by contacting this year’s benefit shoot organizer, Chris Chaffin at [email protected]; (321) 729-0280.

Information on the Shooting Sports Summit will be available soon at www.nssf.org ; (203) 426-1320.

The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) is the professional association for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies, and the 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in North America.

Hunter Education classes reach more than 750,000 students annually. Since 1949, more than 35 million students have been trained. Courses cover firearm safety, bowhunting, wildlife management, field care of game, responsible hunting, landowner relations, wildlife identification, and much more.

Hunting is a safe activity, and it is getting safer all the time. Over the last 50 years hunting related injury rates have decreased dramatically, even as populations of deer, wild turkey, elk, geese, and other species of game have risen to record numbers.

During the 20th century, hunters raised billions of dollars for wildlife conservation in North America and championed the cause of wildlife restoration programs. Now, in the 21st century, hunters continue to be the most effective political voice supporting legislation to protect wild things and wild places for future generations.