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 1: March 23, Eastern 4-H Center, Columbia.
District 2: March 9, New Hanover Law Enforcement Officer Range, Castle Hayne
District 3: March 16, Rose Hill Sporting Clays and Hunt Reserve, Nashville
District 4: March 16, Falcon Community Range, Falcon
District 5: March 2, Chatham County Wildlife Club, Bear Creek
District 6: March 23, Lentz Hunter Education Complex, Ellerbe
District 7: March 2, Hunting Creek Shooting Preserve, Harmony
District 8: March 16, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club, Vale
District 9: March 16, Polk County Gun Club, Columbus
District 1: Chase Luker
District 2: Becky Savage
District 3: Carissa Daniels
District 4: Kevin Crabtree
District 5: Casey Williams
District 6: CP White
District 7: Josh Jernigan
District 8: Wes Blair
District 9: Mark Ray
Contact: Carissa Daniels
In years past, 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.
The top three North Carolina teams in each division are eligible to compete in the Eastern Regional YHEC Tournament held in Breesport, N.Y. in July.
Teams from North Carolina may complete in one of the two events offered for the National Tournament.
NC teams planning on participating at the national level must notify Carissa Daniels no later than June 15th.
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.
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:
Download 2024 N.C. YHEST Official Rules (PDF)
Flickr Gallery - 2019 Tournament