Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Competition at the North Springs Shooting Range

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Over 500 visitors expected to come to the Carbon County area

Price UT April 16, 2013: The Utah Hunter Education Instructors Association in conjunction with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be holding their annual NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) State event at the North Springs Shooting Range April 19-20, 2013. Registration begins at 12:00 on Friday at North Springs and the event ends Saturday afternoon with an awards ceremony at the Carbon County Event Center.

YHEC is a NRA sponsored youth program exclusively for hunter education course graduates from North America up to 18 years old. Participants often begin working with a partnering organization such as 4-H, FFA , Boy Scouts or other groups. They take part in regional or state level programs to become proficient in the skills of rifle and muzzleloading, shotgun, archery, orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter safety trail and a hunter responsibility exam. There are both hands on competitions and written exams that each participant takes part in.

The Carbon County Office of Tourism has been actively soliciting this group to the area. Last year, after a tour of the North Springs Facility, the YHEC organizers were excited to bring the state competition to Carbon County.

Carbon County Director of Tourism, Shalee Johansen, is glad to help bring such a great and timely event to the area. “This is a program that is focused on the positive influence of the shooting sports while providing youth with training, activities and skills that will help promote responsible firearm use.”

Scott Olsen, range master at North Springs Shooting Range agrees and adds, “Education, information, fun and family involvement are just some of the positive aspects of the YHEC program.”

This event should bring over 500 visitors to the area. Area hotels are offering discounts to families and camping is available for $8 per night at the North Springs Shooting Range.
Spectators are welcome to come out and watch the competitions and learn more about how to become involved with YHEC during the weekend event.

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