Statewide Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament 

Published 11:49 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 42nd annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments (YHEST). More than 4,000 students will compete in events including shotgun, archery, rifle, orienteering and a written hunting skills exam. 


This event will be in our area on Saturday, March 23, at the Polk County Wildlife Club located at 1243 Little Mountain Rd., Columbus. 

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Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events. Home-schooled students and teams representing 4-H or FFA also can compete, provided they meet eligibility requirements. Sixty teams will move on to compete at the state tournament on April 27 at the Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Ellerbe. For more information about the Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, go to 

While the competition is for students 18 years and younger, the Commission offers free hunter education courses and advanced hunter education on a regular schedule for all ages. For more information, go to call 919-707-0031. 


– Submitted by  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission