From the Cresswell Chronicle comes an article on the top shooter from this year's Oregon Youth Hunter Education Challenge who will attend his first YHEC nationals this July 25-29 in Raton, New Mexico.
Young shooter named state's ‘Top Gun'
Austin Rolfe, 14, of Creswell has qualified for
the Oregon Junior National team and will travel to New Mexico later this
summer to compete against young shooters from other states after
placing second overall during the Oregon
Youth Hunter Education
Challenge (YHEC) state competition, held in Redmond on June 11 and 12.
For Rolfe, who began target shooting with his father, Mike Rolfe,
at about age five, completed a hunter's safety course at age 10 and
began shooting competitively at age 12, it will be his first trip to the
YHEC national competition.
"I was one [place finish] away from qualifying last year,"
reported Austin, who will enter Creswell High School as a freshman in
While competing in the Junior Division at state against 20 other
young shooters from around Oregon, Rolfe captured first place in the
archery, shotgun and muzzle loader categories, which earned him the Top
Gun award for best shooting percentage.
Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a sport that "not too many
people are aware is even out there," noted Austin's mother, Dina Rolfe,
adding that the sport's acronym, YHEC, is pronounced "Why-heck, for
Continue reading the article at the Cresswell Chronicle here.