Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge
State Championship

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The 2018 Alaska YHEC State Championship concluded Sunday, June 3, with 50 youth competing in eight challenge events. Congratulations to ALL the youth competitors and thank you to the adult mentors and coaches, all the volunteers, and our generous sponsors who make the Alaska YHEC possible!
Results from the 2018 Alaska YHEC are available here: folder 2018 YHEC

2018 Alaska NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) State Championship
RESULTS (Individuals)

EVENT JUNIOR SENIOR
Overall (all 8 events)

1st Rachael Hausmann
2nd Dominic Austin
3rd Thomas Weisensel

1st Zeber Khan
2nd Brody McEwen
3rd Van Levey
Hunter Responsibility Events (4) Brody McEwen (overall, Jr/Sr combined)
Shooting Events (4) Zeber Khan (overall, Jr/Sr combined) 
Hunter Education Exam 1st Dominic Niva
2nd Quinn Moon
3rd Dominic Austin
1st Clayton Mason
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Megan Weisensel
Wildlife Identification 1st Isaac Hausmann
2nd Dominic Austin
3rd Quinn Moon
1st Van Levey
2nd Megan Weisensel
3rd Brody McEwen
Rifle Shooting 1st Zoe Penwell
2nd Rachael Hausmann
3rd Dominic Niva
1st Michael Squires
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Brody McEwen
Muzzleloader Shooting 1st Dominic Niva
2nd Madison Rageth
3rd Leni Stolz
1st Megan Weisensel
2nd Tyler Hudgin
3rd Van Levey
Shotgun Shooting 1st Judah Pernell
2nd Christopher Forrest
3rd Isaac Hausmann
1st Zachery Wiggins
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Brody McEwen
Archery 1st Noah Rogers
2nd Rachael Hausmann
3rd Thomas Weisensel
1st Clayton Mason
2nd Zeber Khan
3rd Brody McEwen
Hunter Safety Trail 1st Dominic Austin
2nd Dawson Cooper
3rd John Riddle IV
1st Van Levey
2nd Tobin Stolz
3rd Zeber Khan
Orienteering 1st Rachael Hausmann
2nd Andrew Smoot
3rd Leni Stolz
1st Megan Weisensel
2nd Brody McEwen
3rd Hannah Hausmann

FOR KIDS! (under age 19, or 19 and enrolled in high school for part of the year) who have completed Basic Hunter Education. Youth often compete as part of a team of five (plus one adult coach), but compete as individuals, as well. There are two age categories, Junior (ages 14 and younger) and Senior (ages 15-19).


Fun, friendly, competition with eight challenge events (four shooting and four hunter responsibility) related to hunter education! Lunch (on Saturday), YHEC Social at Silver Gulch Saturday evening, BBQ lunch on Sunday, Awards, and participation certificate included.

  • Archery
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Muzzleloader Shooting
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Hunter Responsibility Exam
  • Hunter Safety Trail
  • Orienteering
  • Wildlife Identification

Visit the NRA's website with more information about the YHEC program.

Check out folder YHEC Documents (scores, results from past YHEC events and current year as available)

Email Cassie Pinkel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Alaska YHEC - Challenge Event Information

  • Hunter Responsibility Exam - Alaska YHEC +

    Test your knowledge of hunter safety, ethics, responsibility, and laws. To study for this exam, review your hunter education class material and the State of Alaska hunting regulations.
  • Wildlife Identification - Alaska YHEC +

    Test your wildlife identification skills. This challenge may ask you to identify tracks, hides, skulls, bones, feathers, and signs of North American wildlife. To study, check out wildlife guides and books from your local library. Make flash cards and quiz your teammates. Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (offices throughout the state) and look at the wildlife displays to gain more knowledge. If you can, visit the Museum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to learn more!
  • Rifle Shooting - Alaska YHEC +

    Fire a .22 rifle to shoot at metal clanger targets placed downrange. Bring your own rifle or arrange to use the equipment we will have available. Juniors and Seniors will shoot at different distances and a the tie breaker shot will be sure to challenge your skills! Want to practice? Use the Fairbanks North Star Borough's outdoor range (located off South Cushman Street, south of the railroad crossing, on the left) open daily from 10 A.M. - 10 P.M.
  • Muzzleloader Shooting - Alaska YHEC +

    At this event, you will fire at targets using a muzzleloading rifle. The targets will be ASSRA 50 yard standing targets, placed downrange, at 25 yards. You will be allowed one sighting shot in the top left hand target bull. Then, you will fire one shot each at the other five target bulls, for score. The winner will be the highest score, X’s will be used as tie breakers. Incase of an exact tie, competitors' age will be used as a tie breaker, with the tie going to the youngest competitor. You may bring your own rifle and equipment or use one we will supply.
  • Shotgun Shooting - Alaska YHEC +

    Demonstrate your shotgun shooting skills across multiple clay target stations. 12 and 20 gauge shotguns and ammo provided. To practice, visit the Fairbanks Trap Club (or another range for shotgun shooting), during open hours. For Fairbanks Trap Club hours of operation, please call 907-457-6116. Tell the head honchos out there you are practicing for YHEC and they will help you out!
  • Archery - Alaska YHEC +

    Walk across our open field course shooting at life size animal targets. Seniors and Juniors will shoot from different, various distances. Only three practice shots are allowed before beginning the competition course. Archery equipment and arrows provided if needed. To practice, visit a local archery shop and range, or in a safe place near your home! (Make sure you have an adequate backstop and arrows won't go where they should not go!)
  • Hunter Safety Trail - Alaska YHEC +

    Demonstrate your knowledge of safe hunting practices in various hunting situations. Challenge your first aid and preparedness skills. Showcase your sportsmanship attitude. Answer "shoot or don't shoot" situations with hunting logic and by applying Alaska's regulations, ethics, and common sense. To prepare, study your hunter education material and the State of Alaska hunting regulations. Don't forget your "Hunter Orange," bug repellent, and water! What else would you bring with you, if you were out hunting (on foot)?
  • Orienteering - Alaska YHEC +

    NO COMMUNICATION DEVICES ARE ALLOWED AT THIS STATION. At this station you will be requited to: Identify the five (5) major terrain features on a map. Know the four (4) cardinal directions. Read the scale of a map. Determine a Grid azimuth on a map. Determine field elevation using contour lines. Compute distance either straight line, or along a trail. Find your location using intersection. Convert a grid azimuth to a magnetic azimuth, or the other way around. Compute a back azimuth. Follow a magnetic azimuth for a given distance and locate a target.
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AIM-COMM is a proud supporter of many of the valuable educational programs of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and the NRA's defense of our Second Amendment rights. We thank the NRA, the NRA Foundation, and the Friends of NRA, for helping us with our mission to foster the development of marksmanship, the safe and ethical use of firearms and to support and promote use of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range, in Fairbanks, Alaska. AIM-COMM is Alaska's first NRA Gold Medal Club, and is an NRA Recruiter.