NRA's Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) provides a fun environment for kids 18 and under to improve their hunting, marksmanship and safety skills. Through its simulated hunting situations, live fire exercises, educational and responsibility events, YHEC helps build upon skills learned in basic hunter education courses and encourages safer, lifelong hunting habits.
From rifle, bow and muzzleloader shooting at life-sized targets, to wildlife identification, map and compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants can get hands-on training in eight skill areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game.
First YHEC conducted in 1985 at Remington Farms, Chestertown, MD
The program has had over 1.2 million participants since inception
Designed to promote and encourage safe, lifelong hunting
Test your knowledge of hunter safety, ethics, responsibility and laws
Demonstrate your knowledge of safe hunting practices in various hunting situations
Prove you know how to navigate a course utilizing a map and compass
Identify tracks, hides, feathers, and signs of North American wildlife
Utilize a .22 rifle to shoot at action-type or life-size game targets
Demonstrate your shotgun shooting skills across multiple hunters' clays stations
Use a muzzeloading rifle with open sights to shoot at action-type or life-size game targets
Walk through a course with life size animal targets
Interested in hunting? Local events provide a basic introduction to hunting and the shooting sports. No prior experience is necessary.
This intermediate level event will help improve hunting knowledge and skills. A previous hunter safety course is required.
An advanced event for those interested in competition. Participation in a state event and a previous hunter safety course is required.