UPTON - The 2014 Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) will be held May 31st at the Upton Gun Club. All Wyoming youth 18 and under who have passed hunter education are eligible to participate.
Game and Fish hunter education coordinator Jim Dawson said that young hunters do not need to qualify in a regional or district tournament to compete. “The challenge provides youth with a unique opportunity to showcase their skills while having a lot of fun,” Dawson said.
The challenge tests youngsters in sporting clays style trap shooting, .22 rifle, muzzleloader and archery marksmanship, wildlife identification, orienteering and hunter safety judgments.
“The challenge is designed to be a fun event for all participants – not just the winners. All participants receive a prize for competing.” said Dawson. “Every year there’s more young Wyominghunters participating and they come from communities throughout the state. We have even opened the Wyoming YHEC to South Dakota youths to participate since South Dakota does not conduct a formal YHEC event,” Dawson said.
This is the seventh year the challenge has been hosted by the Upton Gun Club and officially sanctioned by the National Rifle Association. Participants in both age categories – 15-18 and 14 and under – are eligible to advance to this year’s international competition to be held July 20-25, at the NRA’s Mansfield University/Mill Cove Range in Mansfield, Penn.
To participate, youngsters need to submit copies of their hunter education card, birth certificate, photo and pay a $10 entry fee. Entry forms are available on the Game and Fish website or for more info, check out the WGFD web site at: wgfd.wyo.gov or by contacting Dawson at 307- 473-3439 or Rick Rothleutner of the Upton Gun Club at 307- 281-9980.
(Contact: Jim Dawson (307) 473-3439 or Rick Rothleutner (307) 281-9980)