ABOUT US

We are your neighbors and friends, people from all walks of life, with a strong desire to pass the hunting heritage to the next generation of hunters. We volunteer our time and knowledge to teach, mentor, and support hunters of all ages, genders, abilities, and backgrounds. Virginia has several hundred certified volunteer instructors across the state.  

The Virginia Hunter Education Association (VAHEA), a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit organization, began in 2007 with a group of volunteer hunter education instructors. Our goal is to work in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) to support and improve hunter education opportunities. The cooperation between DWR Recreational Safety Coordinators, Conservation Police Officers, and volunteer instructors keeps the hunter education program in Virginia successful.

We strive to improve our teaching abilities through DWR advanced instructor training, equipment acquisition for the classroom and hands-on activities, and creative class and workshop development to keep Virginians interested, active, ethical, and responsible hunters.

We teach basic hunter education classes, wildlife management, species-specific hunting workshops, webinars, and more, always with an emphasis on ethical behavior, safe firearm handling and shooting skills. We understand that each individual hunter represents the hunting community as a whole and has the responsibility to make a positive impact on conservation, the public’s perception of hunting, and our ability as citizens to maintain access to Virginia’s rich wildlife resources for future generations.

Our leadership consists of VAHEA members elected by VAHEA members. Officers and regional directors serve two-year terms with no financial compensation. We are always entirely volunteer.

If you want more information on what’s happening contact one of our Officers or Regional Directors. Move your cursor around the map below to find the Regional Director for each area.

VAHEA Officers

President

Anthony Carambia

CARTONY9@AOL.COM

vice President

mike norkus

mahaska53@comcast.net

treasurer

john maher

jmaher56@verizon.net

secretary

aaron grimsley

huntedr@yahoo.com

Director of public affairs and marketing

vacant

Regional Directors

At Large
Jesse Ebron
jebron@sms.com

Regional Directors
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4

Region 1

JC Gaitley III

survivalguy@cox.net

Region 2

Region 3

John Gullion

trapperjohn@live.com

Region 4

Todd McCullough

housemtn@verizon.net

Calendar of events

VIRGINIA HUNTER SKILLS WEEKEND

September 23-25, 2022

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Logo design by Tori Farmer

The new VAHEA logo represents our core values:

Blaze Orange is the universally recognized color for hunting safety

The four Compass points represent Ethics, Integrity, Values, and Respect

The Tree signifies strength in the power of knowledge and education

The Deer and Turkey represent Virginia’s most successful wildlife restoration efforts, conveying the positive impact hunters have on conservation and the environment

CORPORATE ADDRESS

Virginia Hunter Education Association

1267 4-H Camp Road

Appomattox, VA 24522

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