Three years ago, NRA Hunter Services set out to revolutionize the hunter education landscape and create a modern, accessible and engaging platform for that knowledge. Continuing efforts have resulted in the most comprehensive hunter education course available—a state-of-the-art course prepared to produce some of the safest and most educated generations of hunters thus far. And those achievements are not going unnoticed.
NRA Hunter Education has received seven "Telly" Awards and two Horizon Interactive Awards for its free online course, which launched in 2017 to help new hunters of all ages learn how to be safe and responsible members of the hunting community.
In the 39th Annual Telly Awards, the program’s “Understanding Rifling” video achieved a gold award in the non-broadcast use of animation category, plus three bronze awards in the competition’s non-broadcast use of 2D animation, non-broadcast education, and non-broadcast motions graphics/design categories. The “Importance of Hunter Education” video was also honored, receiving silver and bronze Tellys in the non-broadcast use of 2D animation category and a bronze award in the non-broadcast education category.
The Telly Awards honor film and video productions, web commercials, and outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. They annually receive more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents that are judged by more than 200 leading industry experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks.
The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international media competition, also recently announced the winners of its 2017 competition, highlighting the “best of the best” in interactive media production. NRA was honored to be recognized for the NRA Hunter Education website with a silver award in the training/e-learning category and a bronze award in the instructional video category. “Our ground-breaking online Hunter Education course represents just one way the NRA is building and investing in the next generation of hunters and conservationists.” “The National Rifle Association will continue to lead the way to preserve our rich hunting heritage within our shores and indeed across the globe. Our groundbreaking online Hunter Education course represents just one way the NRA is building and investing in the next generation of hunters and conservationists,” said Josh Powell, NRA chief of staff and executive director of General Operations. “We are proud of our long history and investment in defending hunter’s rights and please be assured that, through our training programs and other efforts to protect hunting in the U.S., we will build a better future for this great heritage.”
Designed and provided by the organization that built the first-ever hunter education program in the United States in 1949, the new course offers a fresh and fully comprehensive approach to hunter education. The 15-chapter, online sequence features attention-grabbing videos, eye-catching graphics and diagrams, interactive modules, audio recordings and dozens of action photos presented in appealing, easy-to-access components that provide the best method for teaching future hunters lessons they will remember for the rest of their lives. All of this instruction is available at students’ fingertips, whenever and wherever they are able to complete it.
Removing the sometimes prohibitive cost barrier of traditional courses, the NRA Online Hunter Education course is completely FREE—encouraging new hunters to take the first step and making it easier for seasoned hunters to revisit the material. Currently Connecticut, Florida and Oregon have fully functional courses available at NRAHE.org, and NRA Hunter Services is working to make it available to hunters in all 50 states.
To help promote this program and encourage your own state to get involved, contact your local wildlife agency and ask them to implement NRA Hunter Education.