From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
-- Registration is due May 1 for the Iowa Youth Hunter Education Challenge June 5-7. The event combines competition, education and fun for kids ages 12 to 18 at the 4-H Education and Natural Resources Center in Madrid.
Participants, coaches and volunteers are encouraged to register soon as the event fills quickly.
Youth compete as part of a team in four shooting events and four non-shooting events. The events held Saturday include the Hunter Responsibility Exam, the Hunter Safety Trail Challenge that simulates hunting and includes the dos and don’ts of firearm safety and shoot or don't shoot situations, and the Hunting Shotgun Challenge, including shooting at clay and/or life-size targets.
Other events include:
Light Hunting Rifle Challenge
Hunting/Wildlife Identification Challenge to identify animals, tracks, or wildlife signs without using an identification book
The Hunting Orienteering Skills Challenge covering map and compass skills
The Hunting Muzzleloader Challenge taking shots at life-sized targets at varying distances and positions
The Hunting Archery Challenge requiring shots at life-size game targets
Each event is scored. Teams compete against each other in each event and for the overall competition. Hunter education instructors are encouraged to put a team together and coach their participants.
Youths may register as a five member team or as an individual who will be placed with a team. All participants must compete in all events. To participate, the youth must have passed a hunter education course and be a resident of Iowa.
Volunteers, businesses and organizations may donate money to the event to reduce the cost for participants. Iowa YHEC is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Programs and the Iowa 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program.
For more information, visit the YHEC homepage at www.iowadnr.gov/law/yhec/.