Nebraska recognizes 50 years of hunter education

Gov. Jim Pillen signed a proclamation March 18 recognizing the 50-year anniversary of hunter education in Nebraska in 2024.

More than 5,000 volunteer instructors, who have helped to carry the program from the classroom to the field, teach Nebraska’s hunter education curriculum. They also assist with 4-H shooting sports, archery programs and hunting programs at outdoor expos, outdoor discovery school programs and many other events in Nebraska state parks and communities.

The hunter education program began in Nebraska in 1974, and the bowhunter education program began in 1994. The program has reached more than 200,000 students. Commission data shows that, since that time, hunter incident rates have fallen by more than 80%.