By Kerrin Brinkman | October 29 2010 09:37

Young people from northeast Texas gathered in Mansfield, Texas earlier this month month for a regional Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). David Hammonds, the Northeast Texas Regional YHEC Director was kind enough to pass on this report on the event.

Participants from the 2nd Annual Northeast Texas Regional YHEC

The 2nd Annual NRA/Northeast Texas Regional Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) was held on October 9, 2010 hosted by the Arlington Sportsman’s Club (ASC) in Mansfield, Texas. The Cabela’s Fort Worth Store joined with ASC, the Houston Safari Club, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in sponsoring the NRA YHEC Program.

We had 8 individual senior participants and 18 individual junior participants competing in 5 scored events which included: Archery, Shotgun, .22 Rimfire Rifle, Wildlife ID, and a Hunter Skills Trail. The 5 scored events were staffed by 16 volunteers who were all Texas Hunter Education Instructors (THEIA), Scout Leaders, and/or ASC, TSRA, NRA members. The 3 shooting events were held in the morning and the 2 responsibility events were held in the afternoon. There was also a muzzleloader family fun shoot following the afternoon schedule with more than 22 other family members participating.

Everyone enjoyed BBQ sandwiches, potato salad, snacks and soft drinks for lunch that was procured and served by my wife, Jeanette Hammonds. Several participants’ parents also pitched in to serve lunch and clean up afterwards. Thank you very much folks, I do appreciate your help.

THEIA President Bob Boswell, and Ms. Tracy Doty, Special Events Coordinator for Cabela’s Fort Worth, TX store presented the awards with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving Olympic-style Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and 4th and 5th place winners receiving ribbons.

We enjoyed a beautiful, moderate fall day for the YHEC. I thought we (volunteers) set up a very challenging Skills Trail. However, the kids must have studied extra hard or were very lucky because among the seniors there was a 6-way tie for 1ST place and among juniors there was a 9-way tie for 1ST place. I think you can now appreciate the need for a good tie-breaker system.

To all participants, volunteers, sponsors and family members, I would like to thank you for making YHEC so successful and fun! I have started the planning for next year’s YHEC on October 8, 2011.

Great work, David! It sounds like the YHEC program is off to a great start deep in the heart of Texas.

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