By Kyle Jillson | November 21 2012 15:34

This month's NRA InSights features a big article on the Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Youth Hunter Education Challenge feature in the November issue of NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - Is Thanksgiving getting you in the mood to go out and bag your own bird? This month's digital edition of NRA InSights has a huge feature on the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge and is ready to be enjoyed. Held every year, YHEC lets you put your hunting skills to the test against kids from all across the United States.

NRA InSights covers all the latest in shooting news just for young shooters—competitions, youth-appropriate gun and gear reviews, tips, tactics and stories from readers.

YHEC is referred to as the “graduate” program in hunter education. The challenge features eight events that test hunting knowledge and marksmanship skills on the way to crowning the top youth hunters.

Four events are shooting-related, seeing competitors tackle shotgun, muzzleloader, rifle and archery challenges. The other four events, known as responsibility events, test orienteering skills, wildlife identification, require a written test called the Hunter Responsibility Exam and feature the Hunter Safety Trail, where the young hunters must use their judgment during simulated hunting scenarios.

Participants have the opportunity to compete for both team and individual awards. These categories are further broken down by senior (age 15-18) and junior (age 14 and under) classifications.

The YHEC program is BIG. Approximately 50,000 youth participate in regional, state, or provincial events throughout the United States and Canada over the course of a year.

In additon to being big, YHEC has been around a long time. The program was started in 1985 and has has helped more than 1.2 million young sportsmen and women become safe, ethical and skilled hunters.

Interested? Check out the YHEC website to learn more about the program and how to prepare for next year.

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