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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Two sessions of wilderness shooting, hunting and survival lessons in New Mexico

Learning shotguns at NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape in Raton, New Mexico

Fairfax, Virginia - You don't need to know how to survive in the outdoors. You don't need to know shoot a rifle, catch a fish, to build a fire or clean a shotgun. You don't need to know how to do any of that, but wouldn't it be nice to know?

That's the opportunity the NRA is offering this September in Raton, New Mexico. We only have one stipulation ... ladies only.

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New Mexico's 2012 NRA Y.E.S. participant reflects on last year's summit

Emily Allen, who attended the 2012 Youth Education Summit on behalf of her home state of New Mexico, recently sent us an essay she'd written on how the weeklong trip to D.C. has influenced her life. Read on to have Emily share the knowledge she gained at Y.E.S.

2012 NRA Youth Education Summit Emily Allen of New Mexico

I will never forget the excitement that ran through me as I opened the packet with trembling hands that told me I had been chosen as the 2012 Youth Education Summit representative for New Mexico. I originally applied for the trip because of my love of history and Y.E.S. sounded like a great way to get to enjoy some history in our nation’s capital. Little did I know that this trip would open my horizons and help me become the person I am today.

Through the Youth Education Summit, I have become the civically active person I have always dreamed of being. The Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program was one of the many excellent programs I learned about while on the trip. I absolutely love this program and I have gained many opportunities to teach and hand it out as a volunteer of the program. Through outdoor and gun shows, along with scouting and church groups, I have had the opportunity to affect over 650 kids in my local area! It is so incredibly rewarding to have little kids run out of the classroom to tell their parents about what Eddie just taught them, knowing that it could save these little guys’ lives.

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International Youth Hunter Education Challenge ready for competitors in New Mexico

Junior shooters take part in the light rifle competition at an NRA YHEC event

Fairfax, Virginia - More than 50,000 kids throughout the United States and Canada participate in NRA's Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) each year. Two things come from these regional, state and provincial challenges; knowledge of the outdoors and the chance to compete in the International YHEC competition this July.

That competition will take place this year at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Despite local reports to the contrary, there will be plenty of ammunition on hand for the .22 rifle portion of the challenge.

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Matt and Jessie Duff get the full NRA Whittington Center experience

Fairfax, Virginia - This Sunday you can catch the second to last episode of Friends of NRA on Outdoor Channel. Although the dynamic third season is winding down (we don't want to think about it either), hosts Matt and Jessie Duff are enthusiastic as ever to bring you more great tales of NRA supporters from all over the planet.

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