CHEYENNE — Arguably, the most Wyoming of all high school state championships, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, is coming up soon. The state hunting championships are just around the corner. This is particularly important in a state where residents hunt at more than twice the national average.
The ninth annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge will be held June 4, 2016 at the Upton Gun Club. The challenge tests youngsters in sporting clays style trap shooting, .22, muzzleloader and archery marksmanship, wildlife identification, orienteering and hunter safety judgments.
All Wyoming youth 18 and under who have passed hunter education are eligible to showcase their hunting skills, while having a lot of fun.
“The challenge is designed to be a fun event for all participants – not just the winners,” said Rick
Rothleutner, Wyoming YHEC coordinator. “Every year there’s more young Wyoming hunters participating.”
Since it started in 2008, the challenge has been hosted by the Upton Gun Club and officially sanctioned by the National Rifle Association. Participants in both age categories – 15 to 18 and 14 and under – are eligible to advance to the international competition to be held July 24 to the 29, 2016 in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. Wyoming youth have competed in the international since 2009, including an official team representing the Cowboy State since 2013.
In addition, to the department and the gun club, the challenge is sponsored by the Wyoming Friends of the NRA and a variety of Wyoming businesses. All participants receive a prize for competing.
To participate, youngsters need to submit copies of their registration form, hunter education card, photo and pay a $10 entry fee. Entry forms are available on the Game and Fish website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.