By Kerrin Brinkman | March 1 2011 13:25

Last year, NRA’s Hunter Services Department announced the launch of the NRA YHEC Mid-America Expansion Project, sponsored by Midway USA. The goal of this project was to expand the Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Midwest states, allowing more young hunters and shooters to benefit from the program. The expansion targeted Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee and kicked off last year with events in Kansas and Nebraska.

I recently caught up with Moe Aguilar, YHEC Program Coordinator, to find out how the program is growing in the Midwest and across the country. Moe tells us that so far in 2011, there are 39 local and state YHEC events scheduled in 23 different states, spanning the country from Florida all the way to Alaska! As for Mid-America, new local events have cropped up in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois has three separate local events scheduled so far in 2011.

The Hunter Services staff has also made contacts with several other clubs in the Mid-America Expansion area and are working out details to provide even more opportunities for youngsters to get involved.

“Mississippi is also a new YHEC event this year and will become the state YHEC program,” said Moe, who is keeping busy with the growing number of events. “I have more returning YHEC events to add to the schedule and we are also working on several new YHECs.”

To learn more about YHEC, visit the program's website or contact Moe Aguilar at 703-267-1508 or He can help you find a YHEC event in your state or get the program started in your area!

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