Youth Hunter Challenge in Raton
From July 23-27, the NRA will be hosting its 22nd Annual NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) at the Whittington Center, in Raton, NM. The cost is $425 for each team of youth participant and adult coach.
Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) offers outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Open to those who have completed hunter-safety training at the state-level, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s 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, and all types of game. State- and provincial-level YHEC programs, hosted by volunteer instructors, draw an estimated 50,000 youths each year. Top ranked individuals advance to the annual NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, the pinnacle of the program. Since its inception in 1985, YHEC has reached more than a million young sportsmen and women.