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eas of expertise and interest. The state YHEC event is held each June at the Game Commission’s Scotia Range (SGL 176) near State College. In 2008, approximately 300 youngsters representing clubs and organizations from across the state participated. Participants compete in six categories, marksmanship with a shotgun, .22 rimfire rifle, muzzleloading rifle and archery equipment; plus a hunter responsibility exam, and a wildlife identification exercise. Each event has the same possible top score (so they’re weighted evenly). The National YHEC Program began in 1984 when the North American Association of Hunter Safety Coordinators held a meeting with representatives from many states and a few Canadian provinces, along with representatives from private industry and the National Rifle Association. The group decided that some type of event was in order to stimulate youth to improve their hunting and outdoor skills, and further their knowledge of wildlife. The NRA agreed to develop criteria and administer the national program, while the hunter safety coordinators agreed to encourage the development of such a program in their respective states, and to then encourage teams to participate in the national program. Remington Arms hosted the first national competition, at Remington Farms, on the eastern shore of Maryland during the summer of 1985. Teams from 15 states and Alberta competed, and the North Carolina team came out on top. My deputies and I held Pennsylvania’s first YHEC event, at the Troy Rod and Gun Club grounds. I actually had been holding a similar type shoot, “The Old Dead Eye Shoot,” there, in which teams from FFA chapters at local schools competed with local sportsmen. The FFA Chapters of the local schools had teams that participated in this shoot, in which they competed against themselves and the older sportsmen. MARCH 2009 Upon hearing about the new NRA event, I got permission from the Game Commission to hold a state shoot. Eleven teams participated, with teams coming from the Troy, Canton and Smithfield/Ridgebury/ Ulster schools, along with teams from the Towanda Jr. Rifle team, Sollock’s Gun Shop and Ingersol Rand. The winners of the competition were from the Troy High School, who were coached by Bill Angove and Charlie Fox, both teachers and hunter education instructors. At that point, Ed Sherlinski, the Game Commission’s Northeast Region Conservation Information Assistant (CIA), arranged for the team to represent Pennsylvania at the International Hunter Education Championship at Remington Farms in Maryland. Although the team did not win first place, they did receive several medals. After the success of this first event, Ed Sherlinski coordinated the state competition for the next several years. When Ed retired, the baton was passed to Jerry Zeidler, the CIA for the Northcentral Region. When Jerry retired, Charles Fox began guiding the program. The Game Commission, though, continued to provide backup support and still assigned wildlife officers to help with the state competition at Scotia Range. In 1986, North Carolina hosted the international event, at Camp Lejeune Marine Base. In following years the sites of the international competition was hosted by Pennsylvania, Utah, Alberta, Virginia and the NRA’s Whittington Center, in New Mexico. In 1990, the NRA called a meeting to look at changes in the program. The most significant change was the title of the event, which became the Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The focus shifted from all “team” competition to incorporate “individual” 19

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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Five for Nine Gang
An Ace in the Hole
The Vest
Who Will Fill Your Chair
On Trapping Turkeys
Another Perspective
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Five for Nine Gang
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - An Ace in the Hole
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Vest
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Who Will Fill Your Chair
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - On Trapping Turkeys
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Another Perspective
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Crossings
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