by Emilie Meade - Thursday, May 25, 2017
We are nearly two months away from the 32nd National Youth Education Challenge (YHEC)!
The annual event will take place July 23-28 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico, gathering individuals from across the country. These competitors will have the unique opportunity to meet and learn with fellow participants and coaches, and demonstrate the skills they have acquired through hunter education to prove they are the future generation of responsible and ethical hunters.
NRA started hosting this yearly event in 1985. Since then, more than 1.2 million youth have gone through the program!
So, what happens at the National Championship and how can you get involved? Glad you asked…
What happens at the National YHEC Championship?
Participants can either compete individually or on a team of five. There are eight mandatory events each participant must complete and be scored on: Hunter Responsibility Exam, Hunter Safety Trail, orienteering, Wildlife ID, .22 Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, and Archery. Competitors may also participate in a variety of special events that are hosted throughout the week. Coaches are also eligible to compete in events and re scored against other coaches nationwide.
How do I qualify to participate?
Participants must be 18 and under to compete. Each competitor must also possess a hunter safety card and have completed their state or recognized local YHEC event.
How else can I get involved?
If you’re looking for a way to be a part of the excitement without competing, consider being a volunteer. Your time, talent and leadership can make a difference in helping support the future generation of hunters. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and possess a strong hunting and firearm knowledge background. Apply today!
Interested in competing at this year’s National Championship? Registration is NOW OPEN!
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