Young hunters will get a chance to demonstrate both their shooting abilities and their knowledge of conservation at the 2013 Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) June 15 in Mitchell.

South Dakota youth who participate in the daylong event will compete in two age divisions and eight separate shooting sports and outdoor skills tests. Events range from firearm and archery proficiency to orienteering and wildlife identification. All rules and regulations will follow National Rifle Association International rules as much as possible.

“YHEC is designed to promote youth participation in the shooting sports, hunting and overall knowledge of the outdoors,” said Gary Stadlman, South Dakota YHEC Coordinator. “This is a test to see how we have done as HuntSAFE instructors, and I would encourage any youngsters who have completed their HuntSAFE classes to participate in this year’s event.”

All registrants must be at least 12 years old, hunter-education certified and have parent or guardian approval. An adult coach or parent/guardian must be present at the event. For registration information, interested individuals should email outdoorprogramming@gmail.com. For general information, phone Gary Stadlman at 605-227-4286

The 2013 YHREC event is sponsored by the South Dakota Shooting Sports-YHEC Committee and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

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