Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge
State Championship

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The 2019 Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Championship has concluded! Thank you so much to all of the youth competitors, their supporting friends and family members, team coaches, the volunteer Event Coordinators and their crews, the YHEC planning committee, all the sponsors and supporting venues, and special thanks to Cassie Pinkel, who, once again, served as Director for the Alaska YHEC State Championship. With 50 youth competitors, 400 individual scores from the eight events, all the logistics, awards, certificates, event set up, etc., conducting the Alaska YHEC is a lot of work for all those who make it happen, but all is so very much worth it to see the youth participating in the challenge events. So, thank you everyone and congratulations to all the youth competitors! We hope to see you all next year!
Complete Results (scores) are posted in the folder 2019 YHEC downloads (documents) section , with a summary below:

2019 Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) State Championship
RESULTS (Individuals)

Overall (all 8 events)

1st Rachael Hausmann
2nd John Riddle IV
3rd Quinn Moon

1st Zeber Khan
2nd Royce Van Levey
3rd Brody McEwen
Hunter Responsibility Events (4) Brody McEwen (overall, Jr/Sr combined)
Shooting Events (4) Zeber Khan (overall, Jr/Sr combined) 
Sportsmanship Award Paul Smoot (overall, Jr/Sr combined)
Hunter Education Exam 1st Paris Pernell
2nd Christopher Forrest
3rd Oasis Hopwood
1st Dominic Niva
2nd Brody McEwen
3rd Dominic Austin
Wildlife Identification 1st Nathaniel McNabb
2nd Rachael Hausmann
3rd Gideon Behr
1st Royce Van Levey
2nd Dominic Austin
3rd Brody McEwen
Rifle Shooting 1st Rachael Hausmann
2nd Andrew Smoot
3rd Leni Stolz
1st Royce Van Levey
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Tobin Stolz
Muzzleloader Shooting 1st Samuel Shroades
2nd Elias Bye
3rd Paul Smoot
1st Judah Pernell
2nd Royce Van Levey
3rd Zeber Khan
Shotgun Shooting 1st Christopher Forrest
2nd Paris Pernell
3rd Ramsey Greene
1st Zachery Wiggins
2nd Clayton Mason
3rd Dominic Austin
Archery 1st Austin Dobberpuhl
2nd Ramsey Greene
3rd Rachael Hausmann
1st Brody McEwen
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Royce Van Levey
Hunter Safety Trail 1st Paul Smoot
2nd Rachael Hausmann
3rd Erin Hunter
1st Judah Pernell
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Royce Van Levey
Orienteering 1st Rachael Hausmann
2nd John Riddle IV
3rd Dillon Stables
1st Brody McEwen
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Royce Van Levey

YHEC IS FOR KIDS! (under age 19, or 19 and enrolled in high school for part of the year) 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).

Fun, friendly, competition with eight challenge events (four shooting and four hunter responsibility) related to hunter education! Lunch (on Saturday), BBQ lunch 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.

Check out folder YHEC Documents (scores, results from past YHEC events and current year as available)

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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 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 ASSRA 50 yard standing targets, placed downrange, at 25 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 required 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. Add intersection and resection.
  • Tie-Breaking - Alaska YHEC +

    For the purpose of breaking tie scores in the final results for the Alaska NRA YHEC State Championship, the scoring database we use is designed to implement the following tie breaking criteria, as established by the national YHEC program: In the event of a tie, the individual/team with the highest level of achievement in the Hunter Responsibility Exam will be declared the winner(s). If a tie remains, the individual/team with the highest level of achievement on the Hunter Safety Trail Challenge will be declared the winner(s). Should a tie remain, the individual/team with the highest combined level of achievement in the four (4) responsibility events (Hunter Responsibility Exam, Hunting Orienteering Skills Challenge, Hunting Wildlife Identification Challenge, Hunter Safety Trail Challenge), will be declared the winner(s). The final tiebreaker will be based on a combined score of the four (4) shooting events (Hunting Shotgun Challenge, the Light Hunting Rifle Challenge, Hunting Archery Challenge and the Hunting Muzzleloader Challenge).Should individuals/teams tie in the Hunter Responsibility Exam, the tie breaking formula will start at the second criteria (Hunter Safety Trail Challenge).
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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 an NRA Recruiter.