North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament

4,000 Youth, Nine District Tournaments, One State Championship

North Carolina’s Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament (YHEST) is a statewide competition for middle and high-school-age youth. Participants compete in multiple events including shotgun, archery, rifle, orienteering and a written hunting skills exam.

District Tournaments

YHEST District Competition Results


YHEST District Competition Dates:

District 1: March 25, Eastern 4-H Center - 100 N Clover Way, Columbia

District 2: March 11, New Hanover Law Enforcement Officer Range - 5301 Holly Shelter Rd., Castle Hayne

District 3: March 18, Rose Hill Farm - 3851 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville

District 4: March 18, Camp Freedom - 7366 Sherrill Baggett Rd., Falcon

District 5: March 4, Chatham County Wildlife Club -Wildlife Rd., Bear Creek

District 6: March 18, Lentz Hunter Education Complex - 2030 Gibson Mill Rd., Ellerbe

District 7: March 11, Hunting Creek Shooting Preserve - 300 N. Meadow Rd., Harmony

District 8: March 18, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club - 2705 Lynn Mountain Rd., Vale

District 9: March 18, Polk Co. Wildlife Club, Polk County -1243 Little Mountain Rd., Columbus 


Contact List:

District 1: Chase Luker

District 2: Chet Clark

District 3: Hilton Best

District 4: Kevin Crabtree

District 5: Carissa Shelton

District 6: CP White

District 7: Carissa Shelton

District 8: Wes Blair

District 9: Mark Ray

State Tournament

2017 State Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament RESULTS


Saturday, April 29 at the Lentz Hunter Education Complex - 2030 Gibson Mill Rd., Ellerbe

Maximum of 60 teams.

1st and 2nd place teams from each district.

Remaining teams are filled by a numeric draw from across the state.

National Tournament

Any group or individual that competes in a district tournament is eligible to compete in the National Rifle Association’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge, a national youth hunter education skills tournament.

This year’s championship occurs July 23–28, 2017 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico.

Rules and Mission


Provide hunter education graduates an opportunity to go beyond the basics by developing their knowledge and skills in all areas of the hunting experience, which will result in a safer and more responsible sportsman.


  1. Promote the Hunter Education Program in North Carolina school system.
  2. Promote the safe sport of hunting and shooting.
  3. Provide a platform of rules to ensure maximum participation and fairness of competition.


The Hunter Education Tournament is presented for student/team competitions in shotgun, archery, small bore rifle and hunter skills. The purpose of the tournament is:

  • To partner with NC public schools, private schools and homeschool associations and provide Hunter Education to their students.
  • To promote public awareness of the Hunter Education Program in North Carolina.
  • To offer the young people of our state a positive experience in all disciplines of the shooting sport.
  • To help youth across the state experience and learn a variety of legal hunting methods, focusing on efficiency, operation and effectiveness. This can enable the student to evaluate the safest, most comfortable and effective equipment that can be used to hunt and/or target shoot.



Download 2017 N.C. YHEST Official Rules (PDF)

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