From rifle, bow and muzzleloader shooting at life-sized targets, to wildlife identification, to map-and-compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight skills areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game.

  • Muzzleloader
  • Shotgun
  • .22 Rifle
  • Archery
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Orienteering
  • Hunter Safety Trail
  • Hunter Safety Test


Each event is worth 300 points.

The Hunter Safety Test consists of 50 to 60 multiple choice and true or false questions regarding rules and regulations, survival skills, parts of a gun, parts of a bow, general questions regarding habitat - all questions come from the NRA Hunter's Guide which each YHEC participate receives at the first YHEC event they attend.

Participants walk through a course set up with 6-8 scenarios of Shoot or Don't Shoot hunting situations.  Many times this event is conducted by the Game Wardens of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Common sense and keen eye sight is the key to this event.  You never know when there may be a camoflagued hunter in the tree behind the turkey you think you are going to shoot!

Referred to as map and compass.  Participants take a written test on symbols used on maps.  They then are shown how to use a compass to find direction and points on a walk through course. Don't be hesitant about this event.  Most of the volunteers are former scouts and are willing to teach those who may not be familiar with the art of orienteering. Please remember that the "E" in YHEC stands for EDUCATION!

Skulls, pelts, tracks and scat are displayed and participants simply identify the animal that the specimen belongs to.  At the end of the day, the answers will be posted next to the specimens for educational purposes.

The archery course consists of  10 to12, 3-D targets.  One arrow is shot at each target by the participants.  The key here is to be able to judge the distance and know where to aim at the target for a kill shot.  Partial points can be scored for a hit on the body but more points are scored for a hit in the kill zone.  Binoculars are allowed to scoop the target for the kill area.  RANGE FINDERS ARE PROHIBITED!

Course is set up similar to sporting clays with participants shooting clay targets being thrown in the air with a possible mix of some "rabbits" running along the ground.

Participants either shoot at metal silhouette targets or paper targets with animal images (depends on the range set up).  Shooters have different distances to fire from in different positions - prone (on stomach); kneeling or sitting and standing.

Similar set up as .22 rifle.  Same positions used.  Participants who may not be familiar with the loading and handling of a muzzleloader rifle will be instructed by qualified volunteers.

THE KEY IS TO COME WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE AND A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN.  REMEMBER THE "E" IN YHEC STANDS FOR EDUCATION.  This is set up in a competition format, but the main objective is the educate the youth on the safe and proper use of equipment and responsible role they have as hunters.



.22 Rifle


Wildlife Identification


Hunter Safety Trail

Hunter Safety Test