By Kerrin Brinkman | July 29 2011 08:33

Raton, New Mexico - Each year, everyone at the NRA International Youth Hunter Education is looking to win. But there's one event where bragging rights are on the line, and brute strength and power of will are what get you the win - the annual Tug of War.

Last night outside the Coors Building, the Senior and Junior categories saw a dozen teams each face off in a battle that gets downright dirty. At stake for the winning team of each age group was a huge trophy, $100 Cabela's gift cards for team members, and most importantly - bragging rights.

As the teams advanced through the brackets, the Junior Team showdown was between the Forbush, North Carolina Team and Lousiana's Bayou Bandits Bronze Team. In the end, the kids from the Tarheel state beat their friends from the bayou, taking home the trophy and the gift cards.

Next was a ladies grudge match, pitting a group of girls from Utah against gals from New Mexico. It was one of the most fierce battles of the night, but in the end, New Mexico's ladies pulled their way to a win.

Finally the Seniors faced off, with the Hempstead Swamp Donkeys going up against the Pennsylvania Mountain Boys. Although the teams looked evenly matched and had both pulled their way to the finals, the last battle of the night was quickly won by the Swamp Donkeys, who proved to be too strong for their neighbors to the North.

We're beginning final prep for the Awards Ceremony now, and we'll announce the winners after the awards so we can keep the competitors sitting on the edge of their seats. Stay tuned to see who will take home top honors at the 2011 NRA International YHEC!

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