By Kerrin Brinkman | May 19 2012 11:26

The CHIEF homeschool group held their first YHEC in Junction City, Kansas.

The NRA YHEC Mid-America Expansion Project is off to a great start in 2012 with more and more Youth Hunter Education Challenge events taking place across the Midwest. Thanks to YHEC Program Coordinator Susan Hill for the following report and photo from another first-time YHEC event, this time in Kansas.

On March 30, 2012, the CHIEF homeschool group conducted their first annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge event at the Tall Grass Hunting Lodge in Junction City, Kansas. Event Directors Justin and LaNae Jackson, along with their 10 children, organized the event and gathered volunteer support. There were 64 participants and 40 volunteers in attendance.

Kirk Cherry, owner of the Tall Grass Hunting Lodge, was very generous in allowing the group to use his beautiful facility and volunteering to help run this first-time YHEC. Ed Savage with Tall Grass also helped to organize and run the event with Kirk, Justin and LaNae. Along with the volunteers, they worked to ensure that everyone in attendance had a safe and wonderful time at YHEC.

This first-time YHEC consisted of four events: Shotgun, Rifle, Wildlife Identification and Hunter Safety Trail. Many of the participants were new hunters and shooters who were introduced to the shooting sports through YHEC.

Thanks again to Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA for making this event possible.

To learn more about the Youth Hunter Education Program or to get one started in your area, visit

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