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.

More on the teams and lessons at NRA's YHEC Championship ...

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


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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Reflections from one of two students chosen to represent Pennsylvania at NRA's Y.E.S. conference this summer

Pennsylvania's Youth Education Summit visit to the State Capitol

Victoria Lee Hrach, a orthopedic surgeon hopeful on her way to St. Vincent College, shares her experience at the Pennsylvania Y.E.S. conference, a precursor to NRA's National Youth Education Summit in Washington, DC.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - This April, I had the chance to participate in the NRA’s 2014 Pennsylvania Youth Education Summit.  It was truly an amazing experience for me, and opened up so many new opportunities that I would not have otherwise had.

First of all, much of the weekend’s focus was placed on public speaking and debating, skills that we all learned would prove vital as we continue to grow in our roles as responsible citizens and members of our communities... Read the rest of Victoria Hrach's take on the Pennsylvania Youth Education Summit ...

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - PENNSYLVANIA HUNTING LICENSES TO GO ON SALE

2011 IYHEC Senior Grand Champion Hunter Efird with his trophy buck

Harrisburg Pennsylvania - Hunting and furtaker licenses for Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 seasons go on sale Monday, June 9, and there are good reasons to get them sooner rather than later.

Applications for elk licenses must be submitted earlier this year and, while a hunting license is not required to apply for an elk license, many hunters don’t apply until they purchase their general hunting licenses.

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9-time B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the-Year shares fishing tips and history at Pennsylvania outdoor show

Fishing legend Roland Martin during a seminar at the 2014 Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - If you don't know the name Roland Martin then you don't know fishing. For those of you unfamiliar with the man, allow me to give you a primer.

Roland Martin has won a record 19 BASSMASTER tournaments, has almost 100 top ten finishes, earned nine Angler-of-the-Year titles, qualified for the Bass Fishing World Championships 25 times, and has been inducted in the IGFA, Freshwater Fishing, and Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. He's the Babe Ruth, Joe Montana and Michel Jordan of fishing all rolled up into one.

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