By Kyle Jillson | August 29 2014 13:30

$10,000 grant to NRA Foundation to aid in equipment and training for NRA hunter education program

Colorado's Junior Youth Hunter Education Challenge team arrives in New Mexico

Fairfax, Virginia – The NRA Foundation recently received a generous grant from the Houston Safari Club to support the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, our program for advanced outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters.

"The NRA Foundation is grateful for the partnership and continued support of Houston Safari Club. Houston Safari Club's grant will allow the continued growth and enhancement of the YHEC program for the next generation of hunters," stated Wayne Sheets, Executive Director, The NRA Foundation.

The $10,000 grant was provided through HSC's affiliate organization, The American Conservation and Education Society, and will be used to help the further expansion of YHEC’s state- and provincial-level programs by supporting the development of trained volunteer mentors. YHEC draws an estimated 10,000 young hunters annually and has reached more than one million young sportsmen and women since it began in 1985.

“The Youth Hunter Education Challenge simulates hunting conditions that provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s techniques,” said Managing Director of NRA Recreational Programs and Ranges Elizabeth Bush. “Hands-on training in eight skill areas prepares participants in all methods of take and all types of game.”

"Houston Safari Club and ACES have always been strong advocates of youth outdoor education," states Joe Betar, HSC Executive Director. "We are pleased to provide our support of The NRA Foundation's mission to educate young hunters and train mentors in the areas of outdoor skills and safety training. These programs are vitally important to ensure the longevity of sport hunting and conservation."

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