Iowa Youth Hunter Education Challenge… An opportunity for you!
Whether you are a youth aged 12-18, an adult with a desire to contribute time to your community, a member of an organization/business looking for a youth-oriented project, or if you have an interest in hunting and the outdoors, Iowa YHEC is an opportunity you don't want to miss!
What is YHEC?
Iowa YHEC-the Youth Hunter Education Challenge-is a weekend-long event that takes place each June. This year the event will be held at Wesley Woods Camp near Indianola. Youth from all over Iowa come to compete in 8 events, learn about the outdoors, and have fun with other youth and adults that have similar interests. The events include four shooting events (archery, muzzleloading rifle, shotgun, and small-bore rifle) and four non-shooting events (wildlife identification, orienteering, hunter safety trail, and written exam). Most youth compete as part of a team of five from their area, but youth can register as individuals, as well. There are two age categories, Junior (ages 12-14) and Senior (ages 15-18).
Who can participate?
If you're a youth, aged 12-18 years, have passed a Hunter Education course, and are an Iowa resident, you can register to participate. If you're an adult, there are several ways you can participate. If you are a Hunter Education Instructor, you can put together a team of youth from your area, coach them, and bring them to the event. You may serve as a coach or an assistant coach. You may volunteer to help put on the event: it takes nearly 50 adult volunteers to set up and conduct all the events! You may have a special skill to demonstrate to the youth participants during an evening or other program time. (For example, hunting dog training, trapping, care of game in the field, etc.)
You may also want to donate to the event to reduce the cost for participants. All donors of $250 or more are recognized on the YHEC t-shirts if donations are received in time. It takes a lot of volunteers, time, money, and effort to put on this exciting event-become a part of it!
Where do I send checks?
The Iowa Hunter Education Instructor Association (IHEIA) has volunteered to oversee the YHEC Account and will be responsible for collecting registration fees and donations on behalf of the co-sponsors for this year’s event.
PO Box 854
Des Moines, IA 50304
How do I get more information?
To get a copy of the event rules and registration materials or to just find out more, you may talk to the Iowa DNR Recreational Safety Officer (RSO) in your area (look in the Iowa Hunting License information to get their names and numbers) or contact us at the address or website below.
Recreational Safety Officers:
Marty Eby - Northwest Iowa 712/260-1036
Pat Jorgensen - Northeast Iowa 319/240-8640
D3 officer - Southwest Iowa 712/250-0302
Terry Nims - Southeast Iowa 563/357-1812
Jeff Barnes - North Central Iowa 515/290-4907
Allen Crouse - South Central Iowa 515/238-4955
For more information:
Megan Wisecup or Donise Petersen
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building,
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Email: Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov Phone: 515-238-4968
Email: Donise.Petersen@dnr.iowa.gov Phone: 515-205-8709
Iowa YHEC is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Hunter Education Instructor Association, and the Iowa 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program.