Youths can keep their hunting skills sharp at the upcoming Youth Hunter Education Challenge on May 19th.

The wait between your orange card and your next trip to the woods is a perfect time to hone your hunting skills. The Friends of the National Rifle Association, Vermont Bearhound Association, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are offering the perfect venue to do that: the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a free, day-long event for youth to practice their skills in firearms, archery and land navigation.  Open to all youth under 19 years of age who have completed hunter education, participants will receive expert instruction while working their way through stations to improve their hunting skills and knowledge.

The Challenge will be held 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th at the Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp, Point of Pines Road, in Castleton.  Lunch, t-shirts and door prizes will be provided.  A hunter education card or a valid hunting license is required to participate.  All equipment will be provided.   Mentors, parents and guardians are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is required by May 11, 2012.  To register, call or email Clint or Mary Gray at (802) 467-8445 or vtbearhound@yahoo.com.

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