When Justin McDaniel headed up north for the 2012 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, he got a taste of what the competitors would face as they took on their rivals. Here's a quick look:
The NRA's 27th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge took place at Mansfield University and Mill Cove Environmental Center in Mansfield, Pa. More than 300 youth hunters from 13 states, plus their families and coaches, arrived for the event — which is the largest and most comprehensive youth hunter skills competition of its kind in the country.
YHEC events are held at the local and state levels throughout the year, with the International YHEC serving as the program's capstone event.
The participants hit the range throughout the week with an awards ceremony occurring last Friday morning. Events included light rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun, archery, wildlife identification, map and compass orienteering, hunter safety trail and a hunter responsibility exam, which the competitors took Monday evening.