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Alberta Hunter Education

The goal of Conservation Education is to “increase the level of public commitment to wildlife and fisheries conservation”. We are proud to provide education services for Conservation Education, Youth Programs and Firearms Safety.

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Here's what people are saying about us behind our back...

                       

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Wayne Carlton – Call Designer and Bow Hunter- “Keep it up AHEIA!”

Jim Dougherty – Legendary Bow Hunter- (June 12, 2002)- “Hunting and Conservation have always gone hand in hand. Hunter Education is a vital contributor to wise conservation practices today, tomorrow and the future. AHEIA is doing a wonderful job and will continue to do so. I thank you all for that.

Dave Powell – Past President, Alberta Fish & Game Association-a) “AHEIA continues to do positive and pro-active work bringing on the next generation of Conservationists. Congratulations to all the Volunteer Instructors and keep up the great work!” b) “Congratulations to AHEIA and all the Volunteers who continue to work hard on developing the next generation of Conservationists. Keep up the great work!” 

 

Bob Gruszecki – President, AHEIA / Chairman, WISE Foundation / Chairman, Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation- a)“AHEIA Volunteer Instructors continue to work to ensure that wildlife and fish are part of the value system of all Albertans. Congratulations on your substantial achievements!” b) “Conservation Education Volunteers continue to work in a pro-active way to help make wildlife and fish part of the value system of all Albertans. Your efforts are making a difference! Congratulations on your successes and good luck with your ongoing mission.”

Gary F. Bogner – SCI 26th President - “The future of hunting hinges on our ability to nurture young hunters with outstanding education programs. It’s only through their passionate help, that our efforts to protect hunting ultimately will succeed. Every generation of non-hunters needs to be reminded of the key role legal hunting plays in effective wildlife management programs worldwide.”

Gerry Kaumeyer – Chairman, Pheasants Forever, Calgary Chapter- “Working together, our organizations can have a positive impact on the future of hunting, fishing and habitat. Congratulations to the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association Volunteers and keep up the great work!”

 

Dave Duncan – Head, Wildlife Section, Canadian Wildlife Service, Edmonton, Alberta- “Congratulations AHEIA and thanks to the dedicated Volunteers for their contribution to wildlife management.” 


Rob Dyck – President, Alberta Fish and Game Association- “Congratulations AHEIA on this monumental achievement. What a great testament to all of our Volunteers for their dedication in educating our young people while promoting our hunting tradition and preserving our outdoor heritage. Keep up the good work!”

Reed Gauthier – President, Alberta Trappers Association - “Congratulations AHEIA Instructors for guiding our youth to appreciate our outdoor heritage – being true to this cause 800,000 times.” 

Tom Bateman – Executive Director, The Conservation Education W.I.S.E. Foundation-“Alberta is a much better place because we have wildlife.”

Rob Olson – Director U.S. Office, Delta Waterfowl Foundation- “AHEIA, thanks to your heart and passion, the future of hunting is in great hands!!”

Russell Thornberry – Editor in Chief, Buckmasters Magazine-“Thanks AHEIA for your incredible contribution to the future of hunting!” 

Jackie Bushman – Buckmasters Founder & CEO- “AHEIA, our hunting heritage is in the hands of those you teach. Thanks for your investment in our youth and in the future of hunting.”

Chief Wasylyshen, Edmonton Police Service- a) "Providing hunter education to Albertans, and in particular our youth, makes a significant investment in conservation for the future. Congratulations AHEIA for promoting and enabling the responsible enjoyment of our natural resources." b) "The AHEIA is to be commended for their passion and commitment to Conservation Education in Alberta. Because of the programs offered by AHEIA, countless Albertans of all ages have learned to enjoy our natural resources in a responsible manner." c) "Thanks to the many volunteers of the AHEIA, Albertans of all ages, and in particular youth, have been introduced to the great outdoors and provided the knowledge and skills to enjoy our natural resources in a responsible manner." d) "The dedication and passionate volunteers of the AHEIA have provided a lasting legacy for the many Albertans, and in particular youth, who have been the benefactors of the outstanding Conservation Education Programs offered. All participants have learned to enjoy our natural resources in a responsible manner."

Phil Phillips - Professional Guide and Bow Hunter- "Without the kids - there is no future for hunting. Thanks to AHEIA for investing the time and effort to make sure that young people have a place to go to learn about, participate and enjoy all elements of the outdoors! Keep up the great work!"

Premier Ralph Klein- "Sincere thanks to the thousands of volunteers who help teach Albertans, especially young people, how to protect Alberta's fish and wildlife. This greatly benefits our province."

Mike Cardinal - Minister of Sustainable Resources- "Thanks very much for all your good work. Your guidance is helping create more stewards of our valuable natural resources."

Kelly Semple - Executive Director for Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation -a) "AHEIA - it doesn't get any better!" b) "Conservation at its finest!" c) "The key to the future of hunting and fishing - CONSERVATION EDUCATION." d) "Help us make hero's out of kids that choose to go outdoors rather than play a video game, kids that pick up a bow or rifle rather than sit in front of a TV or computer." e) "Make hero's out of kids that excel in Conservation and the "wise use of our resource" - the same way that we make hero's out of athletes and sports competitors."

Darryl Kublic - Report A Poacher Coordinator- "A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers, AHEIA is getting stronger by the day because of your commitment."

Ryk Visscher- “Informed young Albertans are the future of hunting in Alberta – Great Job AHEIA Instructors!”

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Hunting and Conservation have always gone hand in hand. Hunter Education is a vital contributor to wise conservation practices today, tomorrow and the future. AHEIA is doing a wonderful job and will continue to do so. I thank you all for that.

- Jim Dougherty (June 12, 2002)

Working together, our organizations can have a positive impact on the future of hunting, fishing and habitat. Congratulations to the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association Volunteers and keep up the great work!

- Gerry Kaumeyer (Pheasants Forever, Calgary Chapter)

AHEIA continues to do positive and pro-active work bringing on the next generation of Conservationists. Congratulations to all the Volunteer Instructors and keep up the great work!

- Dave Powell (Alberta Fish and Game Association)

Volunteers play an integral role and I truly appreciate your efforts to educate residents about our connection with the outdoors, and the importance of conserving Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources. Importantly, your leadership helps inspire more stewards of our natural resources.

- The Honourable David C. Coutts, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (January 2006)

The Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association is clearly committed to conservation education and is known for its strong volunteer spirit. Albertans benefit from your values and knowledge and generations to come will appreciate your efforts.

- The Honourable Ralph Klein, Feb 11, 2006, Premier of Alberta

You are among the finest stewards of land in Alberta. Your work over 45 years has ensured the youth of the province continue to play an active role in conserving Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources. Your assistance in establishing Provincial Hunting Day as an annual event is appreciated.

- The Honourable Ted Morton, Feb 2008, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Alberta has benefited from 45 years of conservation education. More than 55,000 students took part in this program in 2008, and each year that number grows. With more than one million students since the program began, it is difficult to find a hunter in Alberta who has not been positively influenced by your conservation education programs.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Feb 14, 2009

…this program is much more than a course on safe hunting practices. Course participants not only learn about conservation, they also become ambassadors, passing on knowledge and passion to their children, parents, friends and neighbors. For that and the many other contributions your organization makes to the quality of life in our Province, I thank you.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Feb 6, 2010

I would like to thank the many volunteers in your organization who generously give of their time and wisdom. They are to be commended for their dedication, stewardship of our resources, and for being positive role models in the lives of others.

- The Honourable Mel Knight, Minister Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Feb 2010

My thanks to all of you for being ambassadors and educators in this great province.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, February 5th, 2011

You reached a major milestone in in the one-millionth graduate of the Alberta Hunter Education program. Continued excellence is demonstrated by those involved in your organization that pass on their knowledge and passion to the next generation of hunters, anglers and trappers.

- The Honourable Frank Oberle, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, January 2012

Everyone involved with your wonderful organization has helped make Alberta a better place by inspiring and educating the next generation. For that, the Government of Alberta thanks you.

- The Honourable Allison M.Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta, Feb 11, 2012

Thanks for your dedication and hard work. It is no surprise that the number of hunters continues to increase in Alberta, bucking trends in other jurisdictions. You should be proud of this accomplishment.

- The Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, January 2012

While hunting is a hobby for some, it is a way of life for others. Hunting is a life-skill and we must ensure the new generation of hunters is adept, responsible and knowledgeable. Thanks to the thousands of hunter educators across Alberta, our new hunters are well informed and will continue the tradition in good stead.

- The Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, February 2014

You have inspired many Albertans by sharing your passion for our natural resources and leading by example. Together with Albertans like you, I know we can protect our natural legacy for future generations.

- The Honourable Alison M. Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta, February 9, 2013

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of conservation education across our province. I am pleased to note that more than 1.6 million Albertans have enrolled in conservation education programs, which are provided by more than 3200 volunteers.

- The Honourable Alison M. Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta , February 8, 2014

From the Outdoor Women’s Program, to instructor workshops, and Canadian Firearm Safety courses, the Association has consistently demonstrated its leadership on conservation education. The Association continues to offer the online Hunter Education, Kidwise Firearm Safety, and essential training including the very popular Archery Essentials and Bear Essentials. All of these components add up to a strong and resilient culture of conserving wildlife, which takes the continuous commitment of each and every participant.

- The Honourable Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, February 7, 2015

The efforts of the association and its hard-working members play a crucial role in forging a culture of responsible and ethical hunting and fishing. As Albertans we look forward to many more years of successful conservation education programs, workshops, and activities.

- The Honourable Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta, February 7th, 2015

I appreciate your outstanding role in helping ensure that Alberta’s proud hunting and fishing tradition continues to play an important role in our culture and communities. For more than half a century, your growing success has resulted in the most successful education program of its kind in North America.

- The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta, February 6, 2016

Your dedication to educating Albertans about environmental stewardship and wildlife protection has created a legacy in the more than 1.8 million graduates of your programs. This year alone, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association will reach almost 100,000 students Province wide through programs that teach all aspects of conservation education.

- The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, February 6, 2016