By Kerrin Brinkman | March 1 2012 08:26

Hunter Efird and Reed Koozer participated in the Champion's Hunt at Gsell's Whitetail Refuge

2011 IYHEC Junior Grand Champion Reed Koozer
2011 IYHEC Junior Grand Champion Reed Koozer with his trophy buck at Gsell's Whitetail Refuge. Reed won this Award Hunt for his first place finish at IYHEC this summer.
Each year, the two Grand Champions of the NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (IYHEC) win more than just bragging rights.

In addition to their first place finishes and amazing prizes, the Junior and Senior IYHEC Champion get to participate in the Award Hunt at Gsell's Whitetail Refuge in Pennsylvania.

This year, those two winners were Junior Grand Champion Reed Koozer of Oregon and Senior Grand Champion Hunter Efird of North Carolina. Hunter (pictured after the jump) is no stranger to Gsell's; he was the 2010 IYHEC Junior Champion and attended last year's Award Hunt.

These young men proved their skills while on the Award Hunt in December, bagging themselves impressive bucks.In July, Reed and Hunter will return to the field to defend their titles when they compete in the 2012 International YHEC in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.

Congratulations, Hunter and Reed, and thanks to our friends at Gsell's Whitetail Refuge for their continued support of the YHEC program.

To learn more about YHEC or find a program in your area/state, visit www.nrayhec.org. You can also follow YHEC on Facebook and connect with other YHEC participants and volunteers across the country.

2011 IYHEC Senior Grand Champion Hunter Efird with his trophy buck
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