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Wisconsin 2015 Hunter Education Conference

This conference is open to all active, retired, apprentice, junior instructors, Department of Natural Resources Staff, and supporters of Hunter Education and their families. The Annual Conference will be held at the Hotel Mead & Convention Center in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  Address and reservation information is below.  Registration increases after April 1st!!!

There are several important emphasis topics this year. The first is an Instructor Round-Table with the Hunter Education Administrator.   All topics are on the table.  This is your chance to bring issues forward to the Administrator and Recreational Safety Wardens (RSW), and to ask questions. 

The Round-Table will be followed by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Student Law Enforcement Association (UWSP SLEA), presenting who they are, what they do, and how students (youth of today) learn.  Typical student behavior we see in our class!

Additional presentations are planned on: How to correctly administer the required field exam; the new and mandatory 2015 Tree Stand Lesson Plan; review of 2014 hunting incidents; the Wisconsin Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and muzzle loading for hunter education classes; Federal and State requirements for access ability for disabled hunters, lessons learned from class audits, more on crossbows building on last year’s Wisconsin Crossbow Association presentation, and more….

The conference qualifies for continuing education credit. Event information will be posted on as it becomes available.

Following the conference will be the 2015 Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Awards banquet, (Hunter Education Instructor of the Year, Archery Instructor of the Year, Instructor Group of the Year, and Hunter Education Professional of the Year awards), with guest speakers on Tree Stand Safety Research on Injuries, WHEIA elections, firearm and fund raising raffles. 

Conference location:

Hotel Mead & Convention Center, 451 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

For room reservations, please call: 1-800-843-6323

Ask for the Wisconsin Hunter Education Conference

A block of rooms has been reserved until April 1st, 2015 at the state rate of $70 for a single occupancy room and $89 for a double occupancy room. 

Please complete and return the following

2015 Wisconsin Hunter Education Conference

& Banquet Registration

                                                                                                                        Before 4/1/2015      After 4/1/2015

Conference Registration (includes lunch):                                         $30.00             $40.00

1 Conference Registration and 1 Banquet:                                        $55.00             $65.00

1 Conference Registration and 2 Banquets:                                      $75.00             $85.00

2 Conference Registrations (family) and 2 Banquets:                       $100.00           $110.00          

Evening Banquet only:                                                                       $30.00            $40.00

Apprentice or Junior Instructor Discount                                            -$5.00              -$5.00

WHEIA Membership, join or renew today!                                                                 $25.00

(Not required to attend the conference as the conference is open to all.)

Total Enclosed                                                                                                $_____________


Name: _______________________________________________ Instructor #:__________

Address: _______________________________________________ County_____________

City: _____________________________________ State: _____ ZIP: ___________________

Phone: (        ) _____ - ____________   E-mail ______________________________________

Guest/Spouse________________________________________ Instructor #:_____________

Make checks payable to W.H.E.I.A. and mail to:

WHEIA c/o Gary Dieck, E2326 Crandall Drive, Wonewoc, WI 53968-9645

Special Note:   The Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructor Association is the lead organization for coordinating and registering attendees.  The conference is presented in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources. 


2015 Statewide Hunter Education Training Conference

Conference Agenda (Subject to change)

Friday April 17th

4:00 PM                Conference Setup Begins

5:00 - 6:45 PM    Conference Registration in Lobby

7:00 PM                WHEIA Business Meeting

8:00 PM                Hospitality Room Opens

Saturday April 18th

7:00 AM               Registration Opens for Conference Attendees – To include photo’s for instructors needing ID Cards.

9:00 AM               Welcome, Conference Procedures, Safety Announcements, and Nominations for WHEIA Office

9:10 AM                April Dombrowski, Recreational Safety Section Chief and Jon King, Wisconsin DNR Hunter Education Administrator

9:20 AM               Administrator and Instructor Roundtable – Open Discussion, Q & A Period

UWSP Student Law Enforcement Association (SLEA), Diane Lueck/ Heather Bunker – Who we are and what we do.

How Students Learn, SLEA Members – Demonstration of EDOC in a typical safety class

EDOC, RSWs – How to teach using EDOC in your classes


Field Exams are an Exam, RSWs – Correct way the field exam is to be conducted

NEW 2015 DNR Tree Stand Lesson Plan, William Wright – Exercise using the new lesson plan 

Review of 2014 Hunting Incidents, RSWs – What can we learn from the incident reports


12:00 PM             Lunch


1:00 PM                Wisconsin Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Roy Hiner - Who we are, what we can provide to the Hunter Education Program, and discussion on how to expand black powder hunting

Muzzle Loading Safety in Hunter Education Classes, Roy Hiner  – Safety concerns for instructors using black powder firearms in class.


Access Ability for Hunters, Federal and State Requirements, Warden King, Monica Kamal, and others – Issues and resources instructors need to be aware of.  ---Video Link ---

Lessons Learned from Class Audits, Administrator & RSW’s – Summary of observations; the good, the not quite as good, and well ….

DNR Online Instructor Interface, RSW – Demonstration and Invite instructors who do not use the program to set up their login and try the program, and a progress update on the new Instructor Interface.

Crossbows, Roger Peterson Owner of Timberline Archery, Wisconsin Rapids – Basic safety instruction, warnings, and instruction for Hunter Education Students.   Range visit to indoor archery range in Wisconsin Rapids for those wishing to shoot a crossbow.

4:00 PM                End

Evening Events

5:00 PM WHEIA Business Meeting

6:00 PM Dinner, Guest Speaker, Statewide Instructor Awards, and Election of WHEIA Officers.

Guest Speakers - UW Research Project on tree stand accidents, Ms. Rebecca Turpin Adult Injury Prevention Coordinator UW Hospital Madison, and Robert Holsman, WIsDNR.

8:00 PM Raffles and Fund Raising Auctions

9:00 PM Close