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NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge


July, Dates TBA • Mansfield, Pennsylvania

Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is NRA’s “graduate studies” program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Top ranked individuals from state- and provincial-level YHEC programs advance to the annual NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge which takes place at the NRA Whittington Center. The program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing skills.

From rifle, bow and muzzleloader shooting at life-sized targets, to wildlife identification, to map-and-compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight skills areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game.

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