By Kerrin Brinkman | December 19 2011 12:31

YHEC Program Coordinator Susan Hill has been hard at work this fall helping to start many local Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) events across the Midwest as part of the YHEC Mid-America Expansion project. In the coming weeks, we’ll have reports and photos from Susan on the various events she attend, starting with the Lake City YHEC event in Missouri. Susan attended and helped conduct a first-time YHEC event in Buckner, Missouri at the Lake City Range on August 26th and 27th. Here’s what Susan had to say about the event:

The Lake City Range is owned and operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Mindy Gelhorn was our Event Coordinator and did an outstanding job along with her husband and crew of amazing volunteers.

Mindy had 60 participants in attendance from the Lee’s Summit Home Educators (LSHE) group, with 30 volunteers helping to run the event.

Steve Elliot, who manages the Missouri Conservation State Range provided several staff members to help set up the Hunter Safety Trail and run the event itself. Mark Miller, an Outdoor Skills Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, drove over 200 miles from Warsaw, Missouri to help with the event.

The Lee’s Summit Home Educators group is looking forward to hosting the second YHEC in 2012 with plans to have many more participants in attendance.

Here are a few excerpts from parents and participants:

  • “Thank you for all of your hard work in putting everything together for the NRA YHEC for the LSHE group! Our family had a wonderful time and learned a lot of important information!” – Becky Carnnahan

  • “Thank you for setting up the NRA YHEC program. You taught me more than Cub Scout day camp. I loved shooting the rifle at the range.” – Ian

  • “Thank you for the chance to learn about archery, rifles, and wildlife.” – Will

To learn more about the YHEC program, visit or send an email to to get a YHEC program started in your area!

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