By Kerrin Brinkman | April 11 2011 07:28

What can a young hunter do to keep their skills sharp once they pass a Hunter Education Course? The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources seeks to answer this question, with the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) returning to New England after a nearly 20 year hiatus. Check out their release below on the upcoming YHEC event and how to get involved. This event is funded by the profits from Vermont's Friends of NRA Banquets.  

"I’ve Passed Hunter Education, Now What Can I Do?"

NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge Logo WATERBURY, VT – This is a question that faces most youth after successfully passing a Hunter Education Safety class.  Waiting for the next opportunity to get out into the woods can be difficult, but it also can be a good time to practice and expand skills. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, partnering with The Friends of the National Rifle Association and the Vermont Bearhound Association, has an answer – the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a free, daylong event, for youth to practice their skills in firearms, archery and land navigation. Open to all youth under 19 years of age, participants will receive expert instruction while working their way through stations to improve their skills and knowledge.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 21, at the Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp, Point of Pines Road in Castleton from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Free lunch, t-shirts and door prizes will be available.  Mentors, parents and guardians are encouraged and welcome to attend.  Pre-registration is required by calling Ann at (802) 241-3720 or A Hunter Education Safety Certification card or valid license are required to participate.  All equipment will be provided.

For more information on the YHEC program, check out the program website or contact NRA's Hunter Services Department at

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