By Lars Dalseide | May 12 2011 08:45

From KENS Channel 5 News in San Antonio, Texas:

Texas Youth Hunter Education Challenge
Teens armed with Muzzleloaders and compasses compete in Kerrville as Hill Country Shooting Sports Center Hosts 20th Annual Texas YHEC.NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge Logo for Texas

Young Texans aged 10-19 from across the state competed Saturday, April 30 in eight challenge events of the Texas Youth Hunter Education Challenge to win awards and the right to participate in the National Rifle Association’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge held this year at their Whittington Center in Raton New Mexico in July.

Competition in this 20th Annual Texas Youth Hunter Education Challenge was in eight events: the Shooting Challenge events of Archery, Muzzleloading Rifle, Light Rifle (.22 caliber), and Shotgun together with the Responsibility Challenges of Wildlife Identification, Orienteering, Hunter Skills Trail, and a written Responsibility Exam. Each participant earned points toward single event championships, a Sportsmanship award, and overall Junior or Senior Competitor.

Many of these competitors represent 4-H teams such as Belton High School 4H and the Fort Bend 4H Field and Stream Club. Other teams came from Longview (Piney Woods Shooting Club), Lufkin (East Texas Rooters), East Bernard Shooting Club, and Collin County’s On-Target team. A couple of families the Rays and the Lindstroms from the Fort Worth area joined the fun. All participants must have successfully competed a recognized state hunter certification course.

Texas Hunter Education Instructors Association, Inc. has been sponsoring this Texas YHEC since 1991. Volunteers, most of whom are Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Hunter Education Instructors, work to set up the shooting events, the orienteering and hunter skills trails and act as Directors of each event.

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