By Lars Dalseide | August 15 2013 11:37

North Carolina shines as competitors from almost 20 states test hunting skills in New Mexico

Hunter Efrid of North Carolina wins NRA's 2013 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge Senior title

Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine is back with her final update on the 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Taking place at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, here she is with the awards ceremony ...

Raton, New Mexico - The 2013 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) competition wrapped up on July 26th the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Seventeen teams spent four days competing in eight specific skill areas; rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, 3-D archery, perform wildlife identification, orienteering, survival and hunter-safety exercises. Scored as teams and individuals, their accomplishments were recognized Friday night at the Awards Ceremony.

Hosted by NRA Hunter Services Manager Bob Davis, awards were divided into Individual Senior, Individual Junior, Team Senior and Team Junior. Teams consisted of five male and/or female members.

Senior Individual Overall first place went to four-time winner Hunter Efrid of North Carolina. Hunter tallied a total of 2088. Second place went to Louisiana’s Doy Donaldson, II. Doy turned in a 1945. With a total of 1923 points, third place Senior Individual Overall was taken by Lea Efrid from North Carolina.

First place Junior Individual Overall, with a score of 1977, went to Zachary Meyer of Arkansas. Second place Junior Individual Overall went to North Carolina’s Skyler Efrid who turned in a score of 1958. North Carolina’s Dylan Horn took the third place Junior Individual Overall position with a score of 1806.

North Carolina's Park Ridge Sharp Shooters won the Junior Team title at NRA's 2013 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge Senior title

This year’s National YHEC Junior Team Overall first place award went to a team comprised of four young ladies and one young man. First place, from North Carolina, went to the Park Ridge Sharp Shooters and their overall score of 8157. Following in second place Arkansas, Junior Mossy Oak team who tallied a score of 8006 and third place was Oregon Junior Team with a 7827.

The Senior Team Overall first place winner, for the 2013 National YHEC, was the North Carolina Gray Stone Marksmanship Team. They won the senior team overall with a score of 9541. Second place, Senior Team Overall, was awarded to the Oregon Senior Team who scored 8741. A score of 8697 put the Louisiana Bayou Bandits into a third place position for the Senior Team Overall.

Individual awards were reported for each event in both senior and junior levels. It was a tight competition as many participants turned in perfect scores as well as a several tie breakers. A tie in any event is settled by YHEC’s standard tie breaking system, using the participant’s score in the Hunter Responsibility Exam.

The participants and teams are already looking forward to the 2014 National Youth Hunter Education Challenge, which will be held in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. If you are interested in volunteering for, or becoming a participant, contact Monty Embery of NRA Hunter Services or visit the YHEC website at yhec.nra.org.

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