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2017 Youth Hunter Education Challenge National Championship

July 23-28, 2017
NRA Whittington Center
Raton, New Mexico

The National Youth Hunter Education Challenge is the pinnacle of the YHEC program. Top-ranked individuals come together, annually, from all across the country to compete for the YHEC National Championship. This event is the most advanced of all YHEC events, and requires 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 unique opportunity allows youth to meet and learn with fellow participants and coaches, and demonstrate the skills they have acquired through hunter education to prove they are the future generation of responsible and ethical hunters. 

2016 Youth Hunter Education Challenge National Championship Results

Over 360 competitors from 15 states came together to compete for the YHEC National Champion title. Here are the results: 

2016 Overall Winners

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2016 Aggregate Results

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2016 Team Results

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2016 Individual Results

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Hunter Responsibility Exam Results

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Hunter Safety Trail Results

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Orienteering Results

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Wildlife Identification Results

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Rifle Results

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Shotgun Results

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Muzzleloader Results

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Archery Results

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All 8 YHEC Events

A Week-Long Event

Special Events

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Rules & Regulations

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YHEC Event Scoring Criteria

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Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers are an integral part of the Youth Hunter Education Challenge National Championship. Your time, talent and leadership can make a real difference in helping cultivate the future generation of hunters. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and possess strong hunting and firearm knowledge and background. Apply to become a volunteer today!

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Want To Know More 

For more information about YHEC, contact Youth Hunter Education at (800) 492-4868 opt. 3 or