YHEC brings big fun, big economic gain to county
Carbon County's North Springs Shooting range was alive with the sound economic benefit this weekend as more than 130 youth participants from all over the state competed in the Youth Hunter's Education Challenge.
The event features competition which tests youth skill in archery, muzzleloader, .22 caliber rifle and shotgun. Also available at the event are orientering and safety trail events which teach additional skills to any hunter who has obtained their blue card. Young hunters competed in two age catagories, 14 and under and 14 to 18.
Following shooting on Friday, the competitors and their parents moved from the North Springs Range to the Carbon County Events Center for dinner. After Saturday's shooting, the center also served as the awards banquet hall.
While there is a great amount of good natured competition at the event, education is also placed at a premium as participants also work to pass a wild life identification workshop with a written test.
According to YHEC JJ Price, the Match Director for this year's event, the top five from the junior and senior class will gain the opportunity to compete in New Mexico at the national youth competition.
"The North Springs Range is our home range and we love it," said Price. "We have a lot of support. Carbon County has sponsored this event and with the help of Shalee Johansen and our county commissioner along with Scott Olsen and the North Springs Shooting Range this has been a great competition."
In addition to county economic impact, the event is also used to raise money for the ten participants who will move on to the national tournament. Their trip is not only organized but paid for by their state program.
"We have had such a great time this year," concluded Price. "It is wonderful to see all of these families out here together enjoying a great venue and a fun competition."