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Youth Hunter Education
Challenge Program Information

What is YHEC?

YHEC is short for Youth Hunter Education Challenge.  YHEC is a National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsored youth program that challenges young participants in eight separate events combined into one complete competition/training program.  It is basically an advanced Hunter Education program.

There are four responsibility events:

  1. Hunter Guide Book Responsibility
    examination/ test
  2. Orienteering
  3. Hunter Safety Trail
  4. Wildlife identification

Plus four shooting events:

  1. Archery
  2. .22 Light Rifle
  3. Sporting Clays – Shotgun capable of holding at least 2 shotgun shells
  4. Muzzle Loader – No scope

This program requires participation in the Hunter Responsibility examination/test and the Hunter Safety Trail.  The remaining events may be participated in as you feel you are ready.


YHEC Mission:

Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the YHEC program is NRA’s “graduate studies” in outdoor skills and safety training for young/beginning hunters that want to become outdoors men/women.

Open only to those who have completed the basic hunter safety training at the state level, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a beginning hunter’s skills.

















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Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center®
5600 Hellsgate Road
Hellsgate State Park Lewiston, ID 83501

Office: 208-743-5043 (Fax: 208-798-4980)

Mailing address: P. O. Box 394, Lewiston, ID 83501