New Mexico Youth Compete for State Hunting Title – NRA Blog

I find it rewarding to watch the number of responsible young shooters grow. It makes it a pleasure to attend youth shooting competitions. This May I witnessed and amazing team/family as I sat in on the “huddle” with the 10X Youth Shooting Club from Las Cruces, New Mexico at the New Mexico State YHEC competition. They had an outstanding dynamic that lead  to success. ~Mia

New Mexico Youth Compete for State Hunting Title

Later this month the 2015 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge will bring young hunters from all over North America to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico, for six challenging days that will test their outdoor skills.

Approximately 50,000 youths go through local, state, and provencal YHEC programs each year to determine who advances to the International event. Last month, outdoor writer Mia Anstine attended the New Mexico YHEC – which also happens to be at the NRA Whittington Center – with her daughter and was kind enough to report back on how it went …

Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) competitors met at the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico for the State championship event. June 5 and 6, 2015 brought together 198 competitors. Each one participates in eight events, which will determine the best of the best in youth hunting and responsibility.

YHEC is a comprehensive youth hunting program created by the. It’s designed to teach young hunters outdoor skills and safety. Youngsters can join at any age as long as they have completed a state, or provincial, hunter-safety training program.

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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

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