By Kerrin Brinkman | May 22 2010 08:00

The following report comes from Brian Peters with Washington State's YHEC -- Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

Despite threats of rain, 19 participants, 2 coaches, and 27 volunteers enjoyed the event, held April 17 at Paul Bunyan Sportsman’s Club:

A rifle shooter at Washington State's Youth Hunter Education Challenge

The 2010 Washington YHEC began on a day of dry weather and stayed that way for the whole event. Participants had a great time competing in all eight events.

We ran the shooting events under cover in the shooting buildings in case of rain. The kids shot at spinners and knock-downs at three different distances and had a ball.

Sporting clay shotgun used a trap position, a over-head throw and a crossing bird to add some fun. Shooters were challenged and had a great time.

Archery was held in a natural setting and brought dismay to many used to the indoor settings and fixed ranges the indoor ranges provide. Gee, they told me to practice figuring my target range on my own!

Hunter Safety Trail offered its own set of intrigue and challenge, many thought they were out for a short walk observing good muzzle control and were surprised at how many questions observations and challenges they encountered in the short walk.

All in all, the event was successful and enjoyed by all the participants and volunteers.

Thanks, Brian! 2010 is the 25th Anniversary of YHEC, so watch for upcoming news and live coverage of the International YHEC event, July 26-30 in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.

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