UPTON – Wyoming high school championships culminate this month with the state hunting championships May 30 in Upton.
Officially called the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, this National Rifle Association-sponsored event allows Wyoming hunters 18 and under who have passed hunter education to showcase their skills and have a good time.
The challenge tests youngsters in sporting clays style trap shooting, .22, muzzleloader and archery marksmanship, wildlife identification, orienteering and hunter safety judgments.
“The challenge is designed to be a fun event for all participants – not just the winners,” said Jim Dawson, the Game and Fish’s recently retired hunter education coordinator.
Since it began in 2008, the challenge has been hosted by the Upton Gun Club. All participants receive a prize and are eligible to advance to the NRA’s international competition July 26-31 in Raton, N.M.
To participate, youngsters need to submit copies of their hunter education card, birth certificate, photo and pay a $10 entry fee per NRA rules. Entry forms are available on the Game and Fish website or at Game and Fish offices.