By Lars Dalseide | July 21 2014 14:19

Students, parents and coaches arrive at PA College for week long NRA competition


Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine arrived in Pennsylvania this weekend for 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Taking place in the Appalachian Mountains, here's her look at the opening ceremonies ...

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - There were plenty of smiling youth on site at Mansfield University last night as more than 300 attended the opening ceremonies for this year’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The young shooters, their coaches and families traveled from fifteen states across the country to Mansfield, Pennsylvania. They will demonstrate their skills in hunter responsibility and shooting.

These kids are the representatives of our future in hunting and shooting. For the next four days they will be at sites in the Appalachian Mountains demonstrating their skills in orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter responsibility, hunter safety, shotgun, .22 rifle, archery and muzzleloading.

The forecast for the week looks to be scattered with a bit of moisture. The heat stroke dangers that were faced at last year’s International YHEC competition on Raton, New Mexico shouldn’t be a factor for this year’s event. However, it may be a challenge to keep powder dry and complete all the events in the allotted time frame.

There are junior and senior levels for competitors. The competition will end with winners for juniors and senior in each of the individual events as well as an overall winner declared for the tops total score in all events.

Participating states: Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Utah, New York, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Louisiana, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri and Georgia.

It would be a pleasure to see more states represented in next year’s YHEC International event. If your child wants to participate, or if you would like to begin a YHEC club in your area, please contact Monty Embery of the NRA.

Find out more about the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge at


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