RAPID CITY, SD (March 6, 2023) – National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) Executive Director Marilyn Bentz recently worked with LearnHunting.org as a subject matter expert for LearnHunting.org’s educational content.

LearnHunting.org pairs new adult hunters with experienced hunters (mentors) who help them learn the basics and become confident hunters. Studies have shown mentors play a critical role when recruiting, retaining, or reactivating hunters, and LearnHunting.org provides a virtual connection between adults and volunteer certified instructors which can result in actual in-person shooting and hunting experiences.  For the volunteer mentor, concise refresher courses on teaching a variety of hunting skills are also available. Bentz provided refresher information for the mentors on Teaching Strategies for Bowhunter Education and Tree Stand Safety.

“NBEF supports LearnHunting.org’s important mission to introduce adults to hunting through mentorship,” explained Marilyn Bentz, NBEF Executive Director. “While the NBEF also supports youth recruitment, we should cast a large net to recruit more people and help grow the sport of hunting for everyone.”

“This platform enables hunting and shooting sports educators everywhere to expand their knowledge and deliver a better experience to new adult hunters,” adds Alex Baer, Executive Director of IHEA-USA. “Partners such as the NBEF bring unequivocal authenticity and expertise to LearnHunting.org which benefits everyone involved.  We encourage instructors to mentor within the platform, but this is not a requirement to access the many courses available.”

NBEF helps bowhunters learn to be safe, successful and stewards of the sport. NBEF offers bowhunting instructional items, books, videos, 3-D models, apparel and more at nbef.org.

About LearnHunting.org

LearnHunting.org is a learning platform provided by the IHEA-USA designed to help new adult hunters gain necessary hunting skills with experienced hunters (mentors) who will help them learn the basics and become confident hunters. Mentors will help with gear selection, target practice, finding a place to hunt, and all aspects of the hunt itself. This project is funded by a Multi-State Conservation Grant and developed with the cooperation of Sport Fish & Wildlife Restoration Program, Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Nebraska Game Parks Commission and International Hunter Education Association – U.S.A.

About NBEF

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers instructional content and tools for bowhunter education classes in the US. Helping bowhunters learn to become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport is important to the NBEF. NBEF provides the bowhunter certification and class content that some states and certain circumstances require to bow hunt. NBEF provides instructor training and certification.

NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. States may have additional requirements. Europe and other countries offer full reciprocity for the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.

NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization. Tax-deductible donations to support this non-profit are welcome.

Learn more at nbef.org.