About Us

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.


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.

VHEA Officers

Hank Tomlinson, President chickadee1@mgwnet.com
Mike Norkus, Vice President bowhuntinmike@comcast.net
John Maher, Treasurer jmaher56@verizon.net
Aaron Grimsley, Secretary huntedr@yahoo.com

Regional Directors

Region 1 Kenneth Carter kenneth.carter26@verizon.net
Region 2 Wade White teamfse1@aol.com
Region 3 Earnest Wohlford ewohlford@centurylink.net
Region 4 Karen Cash kcash1966@gmail.com
Region 5 Jesse Ebron jebron@sms.com


Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
Accomack Amelia Bland Albemarle
Charles City Amherst Bristol City Alexandria City
Chesapeake City Appomattox Buchanan Alleghany
Chesterfield Bedford Carroll Arlington
Colonial Heights City Bedford City Craig Augusta
Danville City Botetourt Dickenson Bath
Dinwiddie Brunswick Floyd Buena Vista City
Emporia City Buckingham Giles Caroline
Essex Campbell Grayson Charlottesville City
Franklin City Charlotte Lee Clarke
Gloucester Cumberland Montgomery Covington City
Greensville Danville City Norton City Culpeper
Hampton Franklin Pulaski Fairfax
Hanover Galax City Radford City Fairfax City
Henrico Henry Russell Falls Church City
Hopewell City Lunenburg Scott Fauquier
Isle of Wight Lynchburg City Smyth Fluvanna
James City Martinsville City Tazewell Frederick
King George Mecklenburg Washington Fredericksburg City
King William Nelson Wise Goochland
King & Queen Nottoway Greene
Lancaster Patrick Harrisonburg City
Mathews Pittsylvania Highland
Middlesex Prince Edward Lexington City
Newport News City Roanoke Loudoun
Norfolk City Roanoke City Louisa
Northampton Salem City Madison
Northumberland Manassas City
New Kent Manassas Park City
Petersburg City Orange
Portsmouth City Page
Poquoson City Prince William
Prince George Powhatan
Richmond Rappahannock
Richmond City Rockbridge
Southampton Rockingham
Suffolk City Shenandoah
Surry Spotsylvania
Sussex Stafford
Virginia Beach City Staunton City
Westmoreland Warren
Williamsburg City Waynesboro City
York Winchester City

VDGIF 4_Regions 9.25.15Click on map to enlarge