Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge
2017 State Championship - June 2-4 (Fri-Sun)

FOR KIDS! (under age 19, or 19 and enrolled in high school for part of 2017) who have completed Basic Hunter Education. Youth often compete as part of a team of five (plus one adult coach), but compete as individuals, as well. There are two age categories, Junior (ages 14 and younger) and Senior (ages 15-19).


A message from the Alaska YHEC Director:

May 24, 2017 - We just had one competitor withdraw so we have one space still open!
May 22, 2017 - We're full! As of 10 P.M. today, all 50 spaces in the 2017 Alaska NRA YHEC State Championship are full! We will open a wait-list via the online registration. If a space becomes available, due to a cancellation or no-show, we have the option of contacting individuals on the wait-list (in order of sign up). Thanks to all who spread the word and helped fill all 50 spaces. Check-in is at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds in the Kiwanis Building, between 5-5:45 P.M., on Friday, June 2, 2017. Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 6 P.M. See you all there! Don't forget to get your pdf Team Verification Forms (63 KB) turned in!
May 16, 2017 - Good news! The Riverboat Discovery Saturday (June 3) evening cruise with refreshments is back on, for this year! We received confirmation today and will add the cruise back to the pdf Schedule (39 KB) . Also, as of this post, 41 youth competitors have registered for the 2017 YHEC. Only 9 spots remain open. Please spread the word! Let's fill all 50 spaces this year! Don't forget to get Team Verification Forms turned in! See you all soon!
May 3, 2017 - As of this update, we have 32 youth competitors already signed up for this year's YHEC. 18 spaces remain open.
March 22, 2017 - Registration is open and going well! As of this update, we have 12 youth competitors already signed up. We did get word this week though that the Riverboat Discovery won't be doing charters this summer so we will have to cancel that aspect of this year's YHEC and look for, possibly, a replacement event, in the future.
March 4, 2017 - Hello! I know it's hard to believe, but the 13th annual Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is only three months away. Registration is now open! If you have family members or friends you are hoping will participate but they still need their Basic Hunter Education Certification, please visit the Alaska Department of Fish & Game website at, or phone 907-459-7200 for information on classes. As of this note, there are two "In-Person" classes, one as early as Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7, and there are three "Field Day" classes (part online, part in-person) left; that gives someone five opportunities to be certified before the event. Unlike in years past, I will not be assisting competitors in finding groups (teams) the night of the event start (Friday, June 2). So, groups (teams) will need to be formed PRIOR to the start of YHEC or through their own efforts the night of opening ceremonies. Teams will remain comprised of 5 competitors, with one adult coach/team coordinator. If I can be of assistance in helping you identify teammates before hand I am glad to help, so please let me know. You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I am looking forward to this year's competition, as every new year proves to be better than the previous!
Cassie Pinkel
2017 Alaska YHEC Director

Fun, friendly, competition with eight challenge events (four shooting and four hunter responsibility) related to hunter education! Lunch (on Saturday), Riverboat Discovery Cruise (Saturday evening), BBQ (on Sunday), Awards, and participation certificate included.

  • Archery
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Muzzleloader Shooting
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Hunter Responsibility Exam
  • Hunter Safety Trail
  • Orienteering
  • Wildlife Identification

Visit the NRA's website with more information about the YHEC program.

Email Cassie Pinkel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Alaska YHEC - Challenge Event Information

  • Hunter Responsibility Exam - Alaska YHEC +

    Test your knowledge of hunter safety, ethics, responsibility, and laws. To study for this exam, review your hunter education class material and the State of Alaska hunting regulations.
  • Wildlife Identification - Alaska YHEC +

    Test your wildlife identification skills. This challenge may ask you to identify tracks, hides, skulls, bones, feathers, and signs of North American wildlife. To study, check out wildlife guides and books from your local library. Make flash cards and quiz your teammates. Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (offices throughout the state) and look at the wildlife displays to gain more knowledge. If you can, visit the Museum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to learn more!
  • Rifle Shooting - Alaska YHEC +

    Fire a .22 rifle to shoot at metal clanger targets placed downrange. Bring your own rifle or arrange to use the equipment we will have available. Juniors and Seniors will shoot at different distances and a the tie breaker shot will be sure to challenge your skills! Want to practice? Use the Fairbanks North Star Borough's outdoor range (located off South Cushman Street, south of the railroad crossing, on the left) open daily from 10 A.M. - 10 P.M.
  • Muzzleloader Shooting - Alaska YHEC +

    At this event, you will fire at targets using a muzzleloading rifle. The targets will be NMLRA standard six bull targets, placed downrange, at about 15 yards. You will be allowed one sighting shot in the top left hand target bull. Then, you will fire one shot each at the other five target bulls, for score. The winner will be the highest score, X’s will be used as tie breakers. Incase of an exact tie, competitors' age will be used as a tie breaker, with the tie going to the youngest competitor. You may bring your own rifle and equipment or use one we will supply.
  • Shotgun Shooting - Alaska YHEC +

    Demonstrate your shotgun shooting skills across multiple clay target stations. 12 and 20 gauge shotguns and ammo provided. To practice, visit the Fairbanks Trap Club (or another range for shotgun shooting), during open hours. For Fairbanks Trap Club hours of operation, please call 907-457-6116. Tell the head honchos out there you are practicing for YHEC and they will help you out!
  • Archery - Alaska YHEC +

    Walk across our open field course shooting at life size animal targets. Seniors and Juniors will shoot from different, various distances. Only three practice shots are allowed before beginning the competition course. Archery equipment and arrows provided if needed. To practice, visit a local archery shop and range, or in a safe place near your home! (Make sure you have an adequate backstop and arrows won't go where they should not go!)
  • Hunter Safety Trail - Alaska YHEC +

    Demonstrate your knowledge of safe hunting practices in various hunting situations. Challenge your first aid and preparedness skills. Showcase your sportsmanship attitude. Answer "shoot or don't shoot" situations with hunting logic and by applying Alaska's regulations, ethics, and common sense. To prepare, study your hunter education material and the State of Alaska hunting regulations. Don't forget your "Hunter Orange," bug repellent, and water! What else would you bring with you, if you were out hunting (on foot)?
  • Orienteering - Alaska YHEC +

    NO COMMUNICATION DEVICES ARE ALLOWED AT THIS STATION. At this station you will be requited to: Identify the five (5) major terrain features on a map. Know the four (4) cardinal directions. Read the scale of a map. Determine a Grid azimuth on a map. Determine field elevation using contour lines. Compute distance either straight line, or along a trail. Find your location using intersection. Convert a grid azimuth to a magnetic azimuth, or the other way around. Compute a back azimuth. Follow a magnetic azimuth for a given distance and locate a target.
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AIM-COMM is a proud supporter of many of the valuable educational programs of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and the NRA's defense of our Second Amendment rights. We thank the NRA, the NRA Foundation, and the Friends of NRA, for helping us with our mission to foster the development of marksmanship, the safe and ethical use of firearms and to support and promote use of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range, in Fairbanks, Alaska. AIM-COMM is Alaska's first NRA Gold Medal Club, and is a NRA Recruiter.