There are still openings at the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This annual event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Caledonia Forest & Stream Club in St. Johnsbury, VT. This free event offers young hunters the chance to practice their skills in firearms, archery, wildlife identification and land navigation. Participants will compete in two age divisions and a trophy will awarded to the winner in each category.  The winners will also be eligible for entry in the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge being held in Raton, New Mexico.

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge is open to all youth under 19 years of age who have completed hunter education. Mentors, parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required by May 15, 2013. To register, email Mary Childs at This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the National Rifle Association and the Vermont Bearhound Association.

“This  event underscores the importance of youth hunters to the future of hunting in Vermont,” said Christopher Saunders, Vermont Fish & Wildlife hunter education coordinator. “But more importantly, it offers plenty of learning and fun for young hunters and their families.”

Logo courtesy Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

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