3rd Annual NRA Y.H.E.C. at Georgia's Wansley Farms brings out the family

Fathers, moms, daughters and sons take in the fun at RNA's 3rd Annual Wansley Farms YHEC in Georgia

When Samantha Mitchell (you might know her by the Twitter handle Homeschooladdic) isn't teaching the ABCs, she's exposing the little to the important things in life. Last weekend, for example, she took them down to Wansley Farms for an NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Here's her report:
Martin, Georgia - During the early morning hours of Saturday, March 8th, the sun warmed the air causing dense fog to retreat behind the rolling hills of Richard Wansley’s farm, in Martin, Georgia, thus providing the perfect setting for the 3rd Annual NRA Day/Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

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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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NRA's Arkansas Youth Hunter Education Challenge championships come down to rabbits and safety trail

Cabin outside the Arkansas State YHEC Competition

We've been following the progress of Benton County's 4-H team at the 2013 Arkansas State YHEC Championships. With his final report on the action, here is Benton County Coach Stuart Sage.
Little Rock, Arkansas - The final days of Arkansas' NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Championships started with Wildlife Identification (humbling to most) and ended on the range. While I'd like to say that all teams did well, the truth, as everyone who has ever been on the range knows, is that some did better than others. That truth became even truer when we arrived at the sporting clays.

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NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge includes non-firearm events

Getting ready to take on the Archery Event at the Arkansas State Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Little Rock, Arkansas - Not every event at the NRA's Youth Education Challenge revolves around firearms. Orienteering requires a compass and map, Wildlife Identification requires your eyes, and Archery requires a bow and arrow. This morning at the C. A. Vines 4-H Center in Little Rock, it was the last one (Archery) that called to the team from Benton County 4-H. That's where Stuart Sage, our inside man and Assistant Benton County Coach, concentrated his efforts.

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Hundreds of Junior and Senior competitors show off outdoor skills in Little Rock

Members of the Benton County 4-H YHEC team in Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas - All across the country, tens of thousands of kids are putting their hunting and shooting skills to the test by way of NRA's Youth Education Challenge. A grueling three-day event where teams and individuals compete in eight areas of outdoor expertise; shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader, archer, firearm safety, wildlife identification, orienteering and hunter responsibility. Yesterday, for example, kicked off the Arkansas State Championships at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock … and we have someone on the inside.

Mr. Stuart Sage arrived early with approximately 40 competitors in tow from the Benton County 4-H. Started five years ago by Michael Gower, the team began with less than ten members. Oh how they've grown.

"I act as an assistant coach for my son's team," Sage wrote. "Three seasons ago, when he first joined, there were only three Juniors on his team. Now we have sixteen Juniors and five Seniors. We have been busy."

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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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