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NRA youth hunter education challenge May 14

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- Improving and advancing personal skills following a basic hunter education course is the focus May 14 of the Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association's annual NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

Kansas youth 18 years old and younger are encouraged to attend the event. All participants must have completed a basic state hunter education course and present proof of hunter education certification. No prior hunting experience is required, but participants must be able to shoulder and control firearms.

Participants will compete in junior, age 14 and younger, or senior, age 15 through 18, categories. The registration deadline is May 7, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

A light lunch will be provided for participants, volunteers and parents. Awards will be presented at the completion of the challenge.

To register, mail a check and registration form to Jim Fry, 116 E. Sandhill Rd., Derby, KS 67037. Make checks payable to Jim Fry. For more information or registration forms, phone Fry at (316)788-5026 or email yhec@att.net.

The event will be held at the CTAGA Gun Range, northeast of Wichita off of K-254 highway near the Sedgwick-Butler county line, 15090 East 69th Street North in Wichita.

Challenge events include:

. Shotgun course with clay targets, 12- and 20- gauge shotguns only, no adjustable cheek stocks or butt plates.

. Muzzleloading course with life-size game targets at 20 to 70 yards, .50 caliber muzzleloaders, ammunition, and No. 11 percussion caps provided. Participants may provide their own muzzleloader .54 caliber or smaller, and respective balls and patches. In-line muzzleloaders with saboted bullets allowed but bullets and supplies not provided. No scopes allowed.

. Light rifle .22 caliber course with life-size game targets at 15 to 60 yards. Equipment is limited to rifles designed for field use and hunting. Scopes no greater than 4X are allowed. High-velocity .22 ammo will be provided.

. Archery course with 3-D game animal targets from 5 to 40 yards. Participants may bring their own bows and arrows. Some equipment restrictions include no more than six sight pins, no magnified sights, only one stabilizer 12 inches or shorter, field points only. Recurve bows will be provided. All compound bows will be shot at the longer distances. Compound bow shooters must bring their own arrows.

. Wildlife identification to test knowledge of Kansas wildlife from animal mounts, hides, bird wings, tracks, horns/antlers and other evidence. No identification guides are allowed.

. Safety trail to test safe hunting and gun handling skills, game laws and hunter ethics.

Registration is $15 and includes all ammunition.  Participants are advised to not bring ammunition unless allowed on above list. All equipment and firearms will be provided if needed.

The event is sponsored by NRA Foundations Inc., Heartland Friends of the NRA, the Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association.

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