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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Final economic numbers and images from NRA's outdoor show in Harrisburg

One wiped out canine on the last day of the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - NRA's first annual Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg Pennsylvania was a blast. With almost 200,000 attendees making their way through the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in nine days, there was barely room to breath. But that's a good thing.

And the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau seems to agree.

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Gilbert Lets it Ride as Hell on Wheels tour hits Harrisburg Outdoor Show

CMA Top New Artist Brantley Gilbert hooking the crowd at the NRA Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - When Brantley Gilbert leapt to the stage of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Saturday night, he did so with the confidence and swagger of a man who's got it made. There's good reason for that. He does.

Fresh off his anointment as the Academy of Country Music's 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year, Gilbert is primed for superstardom. But the accolades never meant much to Gilbert. His focus is on the music.

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Harrisburg outdoor show is back and here to stay after nine incredible days

Attendees at the 2014 Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The doors have just closed on the inaugural Great American Outdoor Show and everyone is already talking about next year. The return of Harrisburg's annual outdoor show was an absolute success for everyone involved, from the exhibitors, to the local hotels and restaurants, and most importantly outdoor enthusiasts.

Each one of the show's nine days saw massive crowds browsing through the exhibit halls in what will surely be a record year for the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the United States. Between the more than 1,000 exhibitors, hundreds of seminars and demonstrations, air rifle range, Family Fun Zone, celebrity appearances, NRA Foundation Banquet, Brantley Gilbert Concert, and so much else, Great American Outdoor Show attendees had more to do than ever before.

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Northeast Outdoors Media Company's Tom McConnell's films opening with drone

Drove assisted shot of the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - We've been sharing photos and stories about the fun and festivities surrounding the Great American Outdoor Show for nine days now. But after showing you everything that's happening inside the show, we thought you might like to see what's going on outside the show.

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