Tim Lemon recognized for outstanding work with hunter education and enforcement in North America

NRA's Bob Davis presents Tim Lemon with the 2013 Hunter Education Professional of the Year award

Fairfax, Virginia - Tim Lemon, a hunter education specialist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, has been named the 2013 Hunter Education Professional of the Year for his outstanding community service, recruitment and enforcement efforts for hunter education in North America.

The award was presented at the annual International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) conference in San Antonio last week by NRA Hunter Services Manager Bob Davis, whose department oversees the nominations and selects the winner.

"Tim's work has consistently been essential to the success of conservation efforts and hunter education," Davis said. "All of this year's nominees were second to none, but Tim had the edge."

Sporting 25 years of involvement in hunter education, Lemon started as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer in 1997 before becoming a Hunter Education Specialist in 2001. His well-rounded background help him work with officers and educators in a ways that greatly benefit hunter education.

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Instead of cartoons, kids spend Saturday morning learning rifles, bows and fishing with the NRA

Practicing with a bow at a Youth Hunter Education Challenge - YHEC - in Martin, Georgia in March


While tweeting the other day, @Homeschooladdic (known in real life as Samantha) mentioned something about taking her kids to an NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. We said we wanted to hear more. Today, she gives us more.


Martin, Georgia - On a beautifully perfect Saturday morning, families from Martin, Georgia and surround communities gathered with their children for the Second Annual NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Greeted by Linda Barrett of Land & Lake Realty, they stood in line to register for the event. Bouncing around in anticipation, the little ones dug through a bag of goodies (including a gun safety lock and a t-shirt donated by the National Rifle Association) while mom and dad dealt with the forms. Today was going to be fun. According to Linda, more than 250 children arrived in time to join in that fun.

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International Youth Hunter Education Challenge ready for competitors in New Mexico

Junior shooters take part in the light rifle competition at an NRA YHEC event

Fairfax, Virginia - More than 50,000 kids throughout the United States and Canada participate in NRA's Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) each year. Two things come from these regional, state and provincial challenges; knowledge of the outdoors and the chance to compete in the International YHEC competition this July.

That competition will take place this year at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Despite local reports to the contrary, there will be plenty of ammunition on hand for the .22 rifle portion of the challenge.

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Raising kids on deer and turkey, NRA's Mid-American Youth Hunter Education Challenge Coordinator Susan Hill

An NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Missouri

Earlier this month, we sat down with Youth Hunter Educations Challenge (YHEC) Program Coordinator Susuan Hill. Visiting NRA Headquarters from her home state in Missouri, Hill provided us with pictures, stories and a background how it all started.

There was one request when we interviewed YHEC's Susan Hill. "Don't run pictures of me, run pictures of the kids. That's what the program is all about." A reasonable request considering her role as Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) Program Coordinator for NRA's Mid-America Expansion Project. So, with the proper photographs in queue, here we go.

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This month's NRA InSights features a big article on the Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Youth Hunter Education Challenge feature in the November issue of NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - Is Thanksgiving getting you in the mood to go out and bag your own bird? This month's digital edition of NRA InSights has a huge feature on the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge and is ready to be enjoyed. Held every year, YHEC lets you put your hunting skills to the test against kids from all across the United States.

NRA InSights covers all the latest in shooting news just for young shooters—competitions, youth-appropriate gun and gear reviews, tips, tactics and stories from readers.

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Swarovski Optik receives award from NRA Hunter Services Manager Bob Davis for their support of the Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Fairfax, Virginia - As the new season premiers throughout the various satellite, network and cable television venues, one of YHEC's (NRA's Youth Hunter Education Challenge) oldest and first supporters debuted on NBC Sports. Title Elevation and Elation, the episode hitches a ride with Dean Capuano throughout New Zealand in his chase of the chamois and Himalayan tahr.

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Think you can follow animal tracks while on the hunt? These kids at NRA's YHEC competition can!

NRAHuntersrights.org correspondent Justin McDaniel was in Pennsylvania this year for the 2012 Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Here's his report on the Wildlife Identification stage of the competition:

NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge participant identifying wildlife during the competition Mansfield, Pennsylvania - Identifying a gray squirrel, raccoon or Canada goose sounds pretty easy, right?

Most hunters—and even non-hunters—know what these animals look like.

But what if you were given 30 specimens and asked to identify them all by just their skulls, pelts, wings or tracks? Sounds a bit more difficult, doesn’t it?

That’s exactly what the participants at NRA’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) are asked to do in the Wildlife Identification event.

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge tests safety skills in Pennsylvania

NRAHunterRights.org correspondent Justin McDaniel focuses in on the Hunter Safety NRA Hunter Safety Trail director Jennifer Morgan at YHEC challenge in Pennsylvania Trail during the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge:

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - Studying hunter safety in a classroom is one thing. But attempting to apply it in the field is a different animal altogether. On the Hunter Safety Trail at NRA’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), participants navigate a 300-point course filed with real-life safety scenarios commonly encountered by hunters in the field.


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.

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