Youth have the chance to compete Saturday in the Washington State Youth Hunter Education Challenge.
Considered the most comprehensive youth hunting program in North America, the challenge is the National Rifle Association’s “graduate studies” program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters.
The challenge involves eight events. There are four skill events: .22LR, sporting clays shotgun, black powder and archery.
There also are four knowledge events: orienteering, wildlife identification, a hunter safety trail and a hunter safety exam.
The event is open for youth up to age 18. The event is run by state-certified hunter education instructors. Equipment is available to borrow, or participants can bring their own.
The top five scorers will be chosen to represent Washington at the national competition in Raton, N.M., in July.
The state competition will be at Paul Bunyan Rifle and Sportsman’s Club, 17902 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup. The event starts at 8 a.m.
For more information, contact Brian Peters at email@example.com or 360-693-6062, or Bill Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-377-7436. Additional information on the event can be found at yhec.nra.org.