May 26th, 2017

Registration Open for YHEC National Championship in Raton, NM

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

Report from NRABlog.com
The 32nd annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) National Championship will take place July 23-28 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. The YHEC National Championship is the pinnacle of the YHEC program. Top-ranked individuals come together from across the country to compete. This event is the most advanced of all YHEC events — all participants to have completed a hunter safety course, as well as a YHEC event at the state level (if your state has one). This is a great opportunity for young people to work with skilled coaches (and enjoy the great Whittington Center facilities).

Do you know a youngster who might want to compete at this year’s YHEC National Championship? Registration is NOW OPEN!

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

NRA started the Youth Hunter Education Challenge way back in 1985. Designed to promote and encourage safe, lifelong hunting, over 1.2 million young people have participated in YHEC since its inception in 1985.

YHEC regional programs help kids 18 and under learn hunting, marksmanship, and safety skills. From rifle, bow, and muzzleloader shooting, to wildlife identification (see below), map & compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight (8) skill areas. This is a great program for parents and kids who want to go on family hunts together.

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

National Championship Program at NRA Whittington Center
Participants under 18 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 LR 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. Each competitor must also possess a hunter safety card and have completed their state or recognized local YHEC event.

Youth Hunter Education Challenge Raton NM Whittington Center NRA Championship

Photos courtesy NRABlog.com and www.YHCA.org (Oklahoma).

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June 1st, 2016

Teaching the Next Generation of Shooters

Ernie Bishop 6.5-284 shooter training
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Ernie Bishop, USA dealer for SEB Rests, offered this story about teaching a young boy how to shoot — passing on the heritage of marksmanship to the next generation. Ernie was working with an 8-year-old novice. With Ernie showing him the ropes, the young man was able to make hits at 1440 yards!

Teaching a Young Man about Long-Range Shooting, by Ernie Bishop
I was able to do some coaching with an eight-year-old boy shooting distance with a Savage 6.5-284 rifle (factory 1:9″-twist barrel), 3-12X Huskemaw scope, and MAC brake. Chuck McIntosh was helping as well. I can’t wait to see how this young man develops as a shooter. It was a real pleasure coaching him.

We ended the day’s shooting session with the young man making multiple connections at 1440 yards with the Savage rifle (top photo). We were very proud of this young man. During our session, the young shooter also fired a suppressed 300 Remington Ultra Magnum. The boy made managed a first-shot connection at 500 yards on a 5″ square target.

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Ernie Bishop 6.5-284 shooter training

The next day I brought a couple of Specialty Pistols for our young marksman to play with. The photo shows a rear grip XP-100 with McRee chassis, chambered in .284 Winchester for 168gr SMKs. The young man went out to 850 yards with this after he got bored with 10″ targets at 400 and 500 yards (he never missed at 400 and 500!).

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Ernie Bishop 6.5-284 shooter training

We ended up having switchy winds, which made things more difficult, but still fun. We also shot at 750 yards with the 6.5-284 bench pistol.

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August 5th, 2013

Foundation Provides Over $444,000 to Shooting Programs

MidwayUSA FoundationChecks totaling over $444,000 are in the mail to 163 shooting teams and clubs across the nation as the MidwayUSA Foundation wraps up its latest and most successful grant cycle to date. “The number of teams that apply and receive grant money continues to grow. The team applications were double what we saw in January,” explains Dick Leeper, Executive Director of the MidwayUSA Foundation. “This growth is a result of our fund raising partners and proves that it can be done. Teams are taking advantage of their endowment dollars and that is resulting in more opportunities for young shooters and the future of the shooting sports industry. It’s exciting; it’s what we set out to do.”

MidwayUSA FoundationMidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which works to provide long term sustainment funding to shooting sports in high schools, colleges and universities, as well as club teams not affiliated with a school, such as 4-H, through its Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund. Founded by MidwayUSA owners, Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the Foundation offers every constituent team the opportunity to apply for a grant that will give them 5% of their total team’s endowment annually. Teams can then use the funds for operational expenses such as the purchase of uniforms, ammunition, targets, competition entry fees, range fees and more.

“Competitive shooting teams provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, develop confidence, and learn discipline and leadership skills. However, most schools provide little or no funding for shooting teams, so it’s up to us to help,” says Larry Potterfield, MidwayUSA CEO. For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. and its Scholastic Shooting Trust, please visit Midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

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