YOUTH COMPETITION: Hunter challenge tests skills, nerves

Staff reportApril 6, 2014 

The NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge, a test of outdoor and hunter safety skills, will take place April 19 in Puyallup.

The challenge incorporates eight events. There are four skill events: shooting .22LR, sporting clays shotgun, black powder and archery. There also are four knowledge events: orienteering, wildlife identification, a hunter safety trail and a hunter safety exam.

“Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge is the NRA’s graduate studies program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters,” said Bill Montgomery, one of the event organizers.

The top five scorers will be chosen to represent Washington at the national competition to be held in Mansfield, Pa., in July. There, the Washington youths will compete with more than 400 youths from 27 states.

The National Rifle Association event is open to children up to 18 years of age. It is conducted by hunter education instructors certified by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Equipment is available to be borrowed or participants can bring their own.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Paul Bunyan Rifle & Sportsman’s Club, 17902 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup.

For more information on the local event, contact Brian Peters at hei7403@gmail.com or 360-693-6062, or Montgomery at hei7226@yahoo.com or 253-377-7436. Additional information can be found online at yhec.nra.org.

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