Y.E.S. student hits the books after returning home to write about her experiences in D.C.

2014 NRA Youth Education Summit class; Victoria Hrach is second from left on the bottom row

Fairfax, Virginia - Smithton, Pennsylvania's Victoria Hrach was one of two students representing the Keystone State at this past summer's NRA Youth Education Summit. After returning home from her unforgettable seven day trip to Washington D.C., the high school student found a keyboard and wrote about her experience. Below Hrach recalls her initial interaction with Y.E.S. and the summit's first full day - at NRA Headquarters no less.

On January 15, 2013, I first heard about the National Rifle Association’s Youth Education Summit program, in an NRA member email sent out to me. Y.E.S. offered scholarships, debates, and tours in Washington, DC – so I decided to look further into the application process.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - LAST CHANCE TO HUNT WORLD-CLASS ELK IN PENNSYLVANIA

Raffle chances for once-in-a-lifetime bull-hunting opportunity available online through Friday.

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance tag rifle Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - It’s too late to enter Saturday’s drawing for one of the 108 Pennsylvania elk licenses to be issued by lottery this year.

But even for those who missed the deadline, there’s still one last chance to take part in the state’s 2014 elk hunt – and do so in style during an extended season.

Hunters have until the end of Friday to go online and purchase chances for a raffle, the lucky winner of which will receive an extended opportunity to hunt bull elk anywhere on Pennsylvania’s elk range, as well as a fully guided hunt to be filmed by a professional crew and, if the hunt is successful, the trophy mounted free of charge.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Louisiana, Michigan and over a dozen other states

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Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets have brought Second Amendment supporters together for more than 20 years now under one goal: ensuring the future of America's shooting sports.

With more than 1,000 banquets being held annually by dedicated volunteers like you, the funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets make a real difference. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs and the other half supports programs with a national scope. Besides all the good they do, they're a whole lot of fun.

If you haven't attended a banquet, try one out. Below are the banquets coming up this next week, but you can visit the Friends of NRA website and see what's coming up in your neck of the woods.

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NRA awards top junior hunters for skills at Youth Hunter Education Challenge

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Outdoor writer Mia Anstine was in Pennsylvania last week to report on the 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge ...

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - An emotional Bob Davis greeted everyone as he thanked the kids, volunteers and the community of Mansfield for another successful event. After four days of competition the 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge came to an end. Bob turned the microphone over to NRA YHEC program manager, Monty Embry, to present this year’s awards to the all-around best in youth hunting.

There were several “battles” for first among these young sportsmen... find out more about this year's Youth Hunter Education Challenge ...

A parent's perspective on her daughter's trials at the NRA International YHEC

Rifle matches at the 2014 NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Pennsylvania

Outdoor writer Mia Anstine is in Pennsylvania this week for 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. After traveling more tha 2,000 miles to get there, here are her impressions halfway through the week ...

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - Teams are half way through the 29th annual International YHEC competition. They are making steady progress through the eight events, which will determine the best of the best in youth hunting and responsibility.

YHEC doesn’t just teach safety and responsibility. It also imparts focus, strength, comradery and a bond amongst a group that is elite among hunters and shooters.

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Students, parents and coaches arrive at PA College for week long NRA competition

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Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine arrived in Pennsylvania this weekend for 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Taking place in the Appalachian Mountains, here's her look at the opening ceremonies ...

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - There were plenty of smiling youth on site at Mansfield University last night as more than 300 attended the opening ceremonies for this year’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

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Sponsor of NRA's National Centerfire Pistol Championships celebrating Bullseye

Top Shot Bethards firing a Cabot gun during the NRA Pistol Championships in Camp Perry

Cabot, Pennsylvania - So what do you know about Bullseye? I'm not talking about darts or archery or pin the tail on the donkey. We're talking about the sport of Bullseye. Bullseye shooting to be exact.

That's pistols boys and girls.

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Three weeks until America's largest gathering of youth hunters kicks off in Pennsylvania

Youth Hunter Education Challenge guidebook Mansfield, Pennsylvania - In less than three weeks, kids from all over the United States will gather on the quad of Mansfield University for the 2014 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). A true test of a young man or woman's outdoor skills, YHEC is often the first outdoor experience for hundreds of kids every year. But this competition, the International YHEC, is reserved for the best.

"Approximately 50,000 youths go through our local, state, and provencal programs every year," explained Bob Davis, national manager of NRA's recreational programs.

"Winners of those competitions come out to International YHEC to battle for the title. A few titles to be exact."

A six-day event, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge begins when teams arrive. Initially divided by states, participants are divided again into Senior (15-18) and Junior (14 & under) categories. From there it's only a question of when to take on the challenges.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Ticket discounts await hunters, trappers

Outdoors Night at the Harrisburg Senators promises summertime fun, at a savings.

Outdoors Night at the Harrisburg Senators Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The fall hunting seasons are a long way off.

So what in the meantime might serve substitute for a string of decoys on the Susquehanna? How about the Akron Rubber Ducks coming to City Island to take on the Harrisburg Senators.

The baseball game to be played Friday, June 20 is part of Outdoors Night at Metro Bank Park, which provides discounted ticket opportunities for licensed Pennsylvania hunters and furtakers, and loads of outdoors-themed activities including archery instruction and shooting simulators.

Outdoors Night is a partnership between the Harrisburg Senators and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In addition to ticket discounts and festivities, the first 1,000 children ages 12 and under to walk through the Metro Bank Park gates will receive a free Game Commission baseball cap.

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