The 2021 Alaska Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) State Championship concluded Sunday, June 6. 40 youth competed in eight challenge events over three days. Dozens of volunteers spent many hours before, during, and after the event, to make it all possible. THANK YOU to all the youth competitors, parents, coaches, event coordinators, volunteers, sponsors and supporters! We've added the complete results (all eight challenge events, team and individual, and overall team and individual) to the YHEC files! A summary of the results is below. We hope to continue with YHEC for 2022 but it will depend on whether or not we can confirm enough volunteers to carry the program forward.
|SPORTSMANSHIP - JUNIOR||Josiah Ruse||n/a|
|SPORTSMANSHIP - SENIOR||Andrew Smoot||n/a|
|1st PLACE JUNIOR - OVERALL - INDIVIDUAL (all 8 challenge events)||Gideon Behr||1,762.0|
|2nd PLACE JUNIOR - OVERALL - INDIVIDUAL (all 8 challenge events)||Davis Payton||1,613.3|
|3rd PLACE JUNIOR - OVERALL - INDIVIDUAL (all 8 challenge events)||Nathaniel McNabb||1,578.5|
|1st PLACE SENIOR - OVERALL - INDIVIDUAL (all 8 challenge events)||Brody McEwen||2,000.8|
|2nd PLACE SENIOR - OVERALL - INDIVIDUAL (all 8 challenge events)||Rachael Hausmann||1,916.5|
|3rd PLACE SENIOR - OVERALL - INDIVIDUAL (all 8 challenge events)||Judah Pernell||1,883.9|
|1st PLACE JUNIOR - OVERALL - TEAM (all 8 challenge events)
(Liam Hutchinson, Zea May, Zoe May, Noah Meierotto, Lily Ann Reece)
|1st PLACE SENIOR - OVERALL - TEAM (all 8 challenge events)
(Isaac Hausmann, Rachael Hausmann, Brody McEwen, Judah Pernell, Paris Pernell)
YHEC IS FOR YOUTH! The Alaska YHEC state championship is for youth (under age 19, or 19 and enrolled in high school for part of the year) who have completed Basic Hunter Education. Alaska Hunter Education certification is preferred but Basic Hunter Education certification from another state is acceptable. Additionally, Basic Hunter Education certification accepted by Alaska or another state is acceptable including the NRA's online Hunter Education Course. There are two age categories (or divisions), Junior (ages 14 and younger) and Senior (ages 15-19). Youth often compete as part of a team of five (plus one adult coach), but compete as individuals, as well.
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.
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)