Hunter education covers a variety of topics including firearms safety, wildlife identification, wildlife conservation and management, survival, archery, muzzleloading and hunter responsibility. It is available as a standard  eight-hour course, the internet home study course and the workbook home study course.

Visit the Oklahoma Wildlife Department Hunter Education Website for more detailed information.


All ammunition for YHEC events will be provided.   However, participants may furnish their own factory ammunition if they so desire.

Any Brand .22LR (Long Rifle)

Any Brand 12ga. & 20ga. in 7 1/2 to 9

50 cal. Patch & Ball, 209 Primers, Pyrodex FFG Select (60 grains max)

Sabots are permitted

Youth Hunter Education Challenge RULES

Oklahoma YHEC follows the National Rifle Association's International Youth Hunter Education Challenge rules, except for where we make minor adjustments to fit the program into the time available (1 day for a OYHEC event vs 5 days for the International event).

NOTE: We make minor changes such as (6) muzzleloader shots rather than (15), and (10) 3-D Archery targets rather than (30).  A few other minor changes are made, but other than tailoring the rules to fit the available time and space and making some equipment allowances for Regional events to be more inclusive, we follow the NRA YHEC rules where possible.  This is necessary for the Oklahoma YHEC events to comply with the NRA rules for qualifying events.

DOWNLOAD the current International YHEC Rules