by Jon Draper - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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.
Events for the Cherokee Run included a speer and hatchet toss, traditional bow and arrow, small bore rifle shooting and starting a fire with flint and steel, among others.
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.
The grounds of the 33,000-acre NRA Whittington Center exploded during the last week in July when more than 250 youths and their adult coaches and parents traveled from all parts of the country to participate in the 2015 International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), held in Raton, N.M.
Overall Individual Winners
• 1st: Lawrence Richardson, N.M.
• 2nd: Zack Norman, N.C.
• 3rd: Matthew Lineberry, N.C.
• 1st: Stewart McCollum, Mo.
• 2nd: Zachary Meyer, Ark.
• 3rd: Doyle Donaldson II, La.
Overall Team Winners
• 1st: North Carolina Yadkin Patriots
• 2nd: Pennsylvania TJS Gunslingers
• 3rd: Utah Juniors
• 1st: North Carolina Forbush Raptors
• 2nd: Oregon Senior Team
• 3rd: Pennsylvania Senior Gold
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