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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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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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South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks partner with Wyoming Game and Fish Hunter Education Program test tomorrow's hunters

Shooting at muzzleloader at 3-D targets during NRA's International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, New Mexico

Pierre, South Dakota - With the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) Championship a touch more than two months away, today's young hunters are flocking to their local YHEC competitions in an attempt to qualify for the national event. Believing in the old adage of killing two birds with one stone, South Dakota and Wyoming are teaming up to take care of the of their kids in one fell swoop.

Here's the plan.

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3rd Annual NRA Y.H.E.C. at Georgia's Wansley Farms brings out the family

Fathers, moms, daughters and sons take in the fun at RNA's 3rd Annual Wansley Farms YHEC in Georgia

When Samantha Mitchell (you might know her by the Twitter handle Homeschooladdic) isn't teaching the ABCs, she's exposing the little to the important things in life. Last weekend, for example, she took them down to Wansley Farms for an NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Here's her report:
Martin, Georgia - During the early morning hours of Saturday, March 8th, the sun warmed the air causing dense fog to retreat behind the rolling hills of Richard Wansley’s farm, in Martin, Georgia, thus providing the perfect setting for the 3rd Annual NRA Day/Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

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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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NRA's Arkansas Youth Hunter Education Challenge championships come down to rabbits and safety trail

Cabin outside the Arkansas State YHEC Competition

We've been following the progress of Benton County's 4-H team at the 2013 Arkansas State YHEC Championships. With his final report on the action, here is Benton County Coach Stuart Sage.
Little Rock, Arkansas - The final days of Arkansas' NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Championships started with Wildlife Identification (humbling to most) and ended on the range. While I'd like to say that all teams did well, the truth, as everyone who has ever been on the range knows, is that some did better than others. That truth became even truer when we arrived at the sporting clays.

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