14-year-old Emma Bowles was recently crowned the top female junior hunter in the state of Louisiana, but as the Shreveport Times indicates, she's now setting her sights on the 2011 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) event this July at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico:
Emma Bowles pins hopes on nationals
Members of the Northwest Louisiana Youth Hunter Education Club made a strong showing recently at the Louisiana Youth Hunter Education Challenge at Camp Grant Walker near Alexandria.
The contingent of 12 youngsters was led by 14-year-old Emma Rae Bowles, who was named Louisiana's Top Junior Girl after scoring 1,300 points in the competition against 91 other juniors. Bowles won a muzzleloader, which she will use for practice as she prepares to advance to nationals in Raton, N.M., in late July.
"It was exhausting and it was really hot with the only shade in the woods. It was about 103 degrees," Bowles said recently. "I was shocked that I won because I didn't think I did that well."
An estimated 50,000 youngsters, ages 10 to 18, across the country participate in YHEC competitions at a local, state, regional or national level each year. Operated under the auspices of the National Rifle Association and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the hunter education challenge is open to youngsters who have completed hunter-safety training programs. The youth participate in four shooting events (.22 rifle, shotgun, archery, muzzleloader) and four academic events (orienteering, safety trail, wildlife identification and the written test).
Also performing well for NLYHEC was member Emily Fulton (North DeSoto High School) who finished third overall out of 50 contestants in the state in the Top Senior Girls' Division. Thomas Johnson (Airline) was second in the safety trail competition and Dakota Calderon (Captain Shreve) was first in rifle.
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