From South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
-- South Dakota and Wyoming are teaming up for youth hunting championships for each state this spring in Wyoming.
The Youth Hunter Education Challenge will be held May 8 in Upton, Wyo. Young hunters do not need to qualify in a regional or district tournament to compete in the event. All South Dakota and Wyoming youth 18 and younger who have passed a hunter education course are eligible to showcase their hunting skills and probably learn more in the process.
This is the third year the challenge has been hosted at the Upton club, and the second year of South Dakota participation.
The challenge tests youngsters in sporting clays-style trap shooting, .22-caliber firearms, muzzleloader firearms, archery, wildlife identification, orienteering and hunter safety.
The challenge is designed to be a fun event for all participants – not just the winners, according to Jim Dawson, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s hunter education coordinator.
The event is sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and youngsters age 14 and younger are eligible to advance to the international competition July 26-30 at a top-notch shooting complex near Mansfield, Penn.
The event is sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Wyoming Game and Fish, Upton Gun Club, Wyoming friends of the NRA, and various local businesses.
While youth from both South Dakota and Wyoming will participate in the event, they will not be competing against each other. A winner will be named for each state.
To participate, youngsters must submit copies of their hunter education cards, birth certificates and photos and pay a $10 entry fee. Entry forms are available through the Wyoming Game and fish Web site at http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/education/2010%20YHEC.pdf
Entries forms must be submitted by April 30.
For more information, call the Wyoming Game and Fish’s Jim Dawson or Jeff Obrecht at (307) 777-4600 or Rick Rothleunter at the Upton Gun Club at (307) 281-9880