Eight stunning days in the New Mexico wilderness you'll never forget

2014 NRA Women's Wilderness Escape at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Raton, New Mexico - This weekend wraps up the second of two 2014 Women's Wilderness Escapes, an eight-day retreat into the high mesa wilderness of northern New Mexico. Raton, New Mexico.

The ladies only adventure teaches the the basics of shooting, hunting, game calling, and survival skills from expert instructors just outside Raton, New Mexico, against the backdrop of the beautiful 33,000 acre NRA Whittington Center. Whether you've never handled a firearm before or you've been shooting since you could stand on two legs, the Women's Wilderness Escape welcomes everyone and is truly the experience of a lifetime.

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From Steyr Arms - Steyr HS.50 Shooters Take First and Second in Hunter Class at the FCSA World Championships

Walter Wilkinson recaptures the Hunter Class score world championship this year with a total score of 283-7X Bessemer, Alabama - Walter Wilkinson and Eduardo A. de Fontcuberta proved once again that the Steyr HS.50 is the world’s most accurate factory production .50 BMG bolt-action rifle by placing first and second, respectively, in the Hunter Class at the Fifty Caliber Shooters’ Association World Championships held July 3rd through 5th at the NRA Whittington Center near Raton, NM.

This marks the third time in four years that a shooter behind an out-of-the-box HS.50 has won the Hunter Class Score 1,000-yard World Championship, where competitors engage their targets with bipod-mounted rifles from the prone position. The three other FCSA World Championships classes are contested from rests atop solid concrete benches. It is also the first time HS.50 shooters took the top two places, ahead of a class filled with—and once dominated by—custom rifles.

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Twenty new firearms from Smith & Wesson will help women learn shooting, hunting and outdoor skills in New Mexico

Welcome sign for the NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape at the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Fairfax, Virginia – We're proud to announce that Smith & Wesson is helping the Women's Wilderness Escape in a big way. The firearms manufacturer has donated ten MP15-22 rifles and ten SW SD9VE pistols to the eight-day getaway that introduces women to the shooting sports at the beautiful NRA Whittington Center outside Raton, New Mexico.

“Smith & Wesson’s donation is a great addition to the Women’s Wilderness Escape” said Managing Director of NRA Recreational Programs & Ranges Elizabeth Bush. “Participants learning on the same rifles and pistols will help our instructors teach marksmanship skills more effectively than ever before.”

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Learn the thrills of the NRA Whittington Center's Adventure Camp

September 2013 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - The September issue of NRA InSights, the free, online magazine for kids, highlights the thrilling adventure camp at the NRA Whittington Center.

Located in northern New Mexico, the 33,000-acre complex is a outdoors-man's dream, teeming with wildlife and ranges for shooting sports. Those lucky enough to attend go on an adventure of a lifetime and return with many new friends.

High Drama in the High Desert
By Wendy LaFever

For 25 years, adventure has had a name: the NRA Whittington Center's Adventure Camp. There's nothing in America -- maybe nothing in the world -- quite like it. Each summer, the NRA Whittington Center holds 2 two-week Adventure Camp sessions, hosting 56 teens per session for an experience they'll never forget... and can't wait to repeat. In fact, so many campers apply to come back as counselors and counselors-in-training that the Whittington Center has had to introduce a special application process. They spread the word to family and friends so that their younger brothers and sisters can enjoy the excitement when its their turn. What makes Adventure Camp so special?

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Junior hunters honored for sportsmanship at NRA YHEC in first year of competition

Taos County hunters win sportsmanship award at NRA YHEC

Raton, New Mexico - A team from Taos County, New Mexico, just northwest of the NRA Whittington Center, won the outstanding sportsmanship award at the NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge - their first year competing!

The Taos County Young Guns, competing in their first International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, were honored for best demonstrating the qualities and behaviors of responsible hunters during the 2013 IYHEC July 21-26. The team received the F.E. “Bud” Eyman Sportsmanship Award following competition at the NRA Whittington Center southwest of here.

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North Carolina shines as competitors from almost 20 states test hunting skills in New Mexico

Hunter Efrid of North Carolina wins NRA's 2013 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge Senior title

Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine is back with her final update on the 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Taking place at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, here she is with the awards ceremony ...

Raton, New Mexico - The 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) competition wrapped up on July 26th the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Seventeen teams spent four days competing in eight specific skill areas; rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, 3-D archery, perform wildlife identification, orienteering, survival and hunter-safety exercises. Scored as teams and individuals, their accomplishments were recognized Friday night at the Awards Ceremony.

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Kids finding targets and fun at NRA Hunting Competition in New Mexico

Shooting at muzzleloader at 3-D targets during NRA's International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, New Mexico

Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine is back with another update on the 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Taking place at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, here she is with a report from Day Two ...

Raton, New Mexico - Halfway through NRA's 2013 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge finds participants both focused and excited. The long and hot daysfind the teams supporting one another in the competition while staying safe and keeping hydrated. Despite more than 300 participants, lines at challenge stations are moving fairly quick. Teams carry shade, coolers and chairs to make their wait times in this dry New Mexico heat more bearable as they wait to complete in the eight required events.

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Kids from across nation testing their outdoor and survival skills in Raton

Colorado's Junior Youth Hunter Education Challenge team arrives in New Mexico

As luck would have it, Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine is out at NRA Whittington Center for the 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. While cheering on a certain team from Colorado, she agreed to send us pics and updates from the event.

Here's what arrived for day one ...

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Teaching youth to hunt responsibly, recognize wildlife, and preserve the environment.

Youth works on the Map Orienteering event at the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge in New Mexico Raton, New Mexico - On July 21st, boys and girls from across North America will gather a the Whittington Center in Raton to compete for the 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) title. Made up of eight separate events (Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Archery, Orienteering, Wildlife Identification, Hunter Safety & Hunter Responsibility), YHEC teaches the young the basics of hunting. At International YHEC, kids from all over the United States and Canada will put their skills in each of those events to the test.

Those making their way out to New Mexico are the boys and girls who performed well at their state YHEC competitions. In July, they'll discover who has what it takes to bring home the Junior or Senior Grand Champion title.

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