on Apr 08, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 3022

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2010) – The 32nd annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will be held April 24 to determine team and individual championships in this popular marksmanship and outdoor skills competition.

The tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe, with events in rifle, shotgun and archery, along with an orienteering challenge and a conservation test. The tournament typically draws several hundred spectators and supporters. Last year’s event had an overall attendance of nearly 3,000. Admission for spectators is free.

“The degree of the skills exhibited by these young people at the state championships is incredible,” said Travis Casper, the assistant hunter education programs coordinator for North Carolina. “The competition is keen, but so is the camaraderie between competitors.”

Teams are organized within public and private schools, while home-schooled students and teams representing youth groups, such as 4-H or FFA, can compete, provided they meet eligibility requirements. Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle school and elementary school) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events.

Nine district-level competitions were held across the state in March, with hundreds of students from elementary, middle school and high school taking part.

The organized competition is an incentive component of the state Hunter Education Program, which offers free instruction in all 100 counties throughout the year. For more information on free hunter education courses, the Home From The Hunt safety campaign or youth programs offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, call (919) 707-0031 or go to Hunter Education Courses

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