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When VHEA’s by-laws were defined at the time of incorporation as a 501(c)3 organization, 5 Regions of representation were defined consistent with those of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  In 2010 when VDGIF’s Regions 4 and 5 were combined into a single Region 4, VHEA Board Members voted to keep its regions as originally established in lieu of a re-organization which would require changing and filing new by-laws with the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.  The lists and map below detail the 5 VHEA regions.
Region 1
Region 2
Region 3
Region 4
Region 5
Accomack
Amelia
Bland
Alleghany
Albemarle
Charles City
Amherst
Buchanan
Augusta
Caroline
Essex
Appomattox
Carroll
Bath
Chesterfield
Gloucester
Bedford
Craig
Clarke
Culpeper
Greensville
Botetourt
Dickenson
Frederick
Fairfax
Isle of Wight
Brunswick
Floyd
Highland
Fauquier
James City
Buckingham
Giles
Page
Fluvanna
King George
Campbell
Grayson
Rockbridge
Goochland
King & Queen
Charlotte
Lee
Rockingham
Greene
King William
Cumberland
Montgomery
Shenandoah
Hanover
Lancaster
Dinwiddie
Pulaski
Warren
Henrico
Mathews
Franklin
Russell
Loudoun
Middlesex
Halifax
Scott
Louisa
New Kent
Lunenburg
Smyth
Madison
Northampton
Mecklenburg
Tazewell
Orange
Northumberland
Nelson
Washington
Powhatan
Prince George
Nottoway
Wise
Prince William
Richmond
Patrick
Wythe
Rappahannock
Southampton
Pittsylvania
Spotsylvania
Surry
Prince Edward
Stafford
Sussex
Roanoke
Cities of Charlottesville and Richmond
Westmoreland
Cities of Petersburg and Roanoke
York
Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach
Map Region 1 thru 5 combined.jpg
The Virginia Hunter Education Association was officially organized in April of 2007 by a core group of volunteer hunter education instructors from across Virginia. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with the primary goal of improving hunter education in Virginia.

There are over 750 instructors in Virginia teaching hunter education in every county throughout the state. They are your neighbors and friends who have a strong desire to pass the hunting heritage to the next generation of hunters. They volunteer their time and knowledge to reach this goal. Each year about 14,000 students come through these classes. A program milestone was reached in 2007 when the number of Virginia Hunter Education Graduated students exceeded half-a-million. The cooperation between 160 Conservation Police Officers and the 750 volunteer instructors has made this a successful program.

Today there are many other activities that compete for our time and attention. On July 1, 2013, the VDGIF unveiled a new shorter, more interactive course that requires 6–8 classroom hours with interactive activities and hands-on exercises.  This new curriculum requires students to complete several hours of self-study prior to the class which can be completed on-line or through the purchase of printed material.  And, on October 1, 2013, a new "full-online" adult hunter education course
limited to Virginia residents 18 years of age or older was implemented.

The Virginia Hunter Education Association is working in unison with The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to provide hunter education to the citizens of Virginia. Our goal in forming this association is to improve our abilities as instructors through training, equipment  to aid  in teaching our classes, and, as time changes, to keep Virginia’s hunter education program at the forefront in the field.

Looking to the future, it is our desire to promote hunting to the next generation of hunters. We are teaching firearm safety, wildlife management, and ethical behavior to these new hunters as they enter our ranks. Together may we continue the hunting heritage in Virginia.
VHEA Officers
Vernie Kennedy, President
Mike Norkus, Vice President
Dianne Cook , Treasurer
Ed Crebbs, Secretary
Regional Directors
Region 1
Kenneth Carter
Region 2
George "Spud" Almond
Region 3
Earnest Wohlford
Region 4
Jason Miller
Region 5
Jesse Ebron

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