Proudly displaying their team colors and state flags, teams and families filled the Coors building to kick off the NRAs 2015 IYHEC event during the Opening Ceremonies on Sunday evening lead by speaker Bob Davis, National Manager of the NRA’s Outdoor Recreational Programs.
The competition kicked off on Monday, as teams made their way around the Whittington Center to put their skills to the test. Here, the team from Utah gets set to participate in the Hunting Shotgun Challenge.
Participants were tasked with shooting at short, medium and long ranges out to 75 yards. While prone and kneeling shooting positions were allowed for longer shots, modern optics were not permitted. These kids had to use iron sights!
A young shooter from Ohio shoots from the prone position with his .22 LR. Each shooter must take shots at short, medium and long ranges out to 75 yards. A total of 30 shots will be taken by each shooter.
Shots ranged from simple stationary 3-D animal targets, to the more difficult “coyote on a string” shown here, in which contestants had only seconds to shoot this target as it passed through the shooting window at 30 yards.
Participants were required to demonstrate their knowledge of hunter safety through varying scenarios including “shoot or don’t shoot” situations and proper fence crossing technique and gun handling techniques.
Proper identification of each specimen within the Wildlife Identification Course required knowledge of tracks, scat, hides and skulls. Though some were obvious, it required knowledge of a wide-range of North American game animals.
The Cherokee Run, one of the fun, non-scored events available during the week long competition, is a multiple stage obstacle course where contestants’ scores are based on individual events as well as time.
Competition ended Thursday and scores were tallied. Winners were announced during Friday’s awards ceremony. The senior team from North Carolina, the Forbush Raptors, took 1st Place in the Overall Team category with a combined score of 9331 points.