A file photo of Dave Gatherum talks to his eight year old daughter Ellie about aiming yesterday at the Cache Valley Shooting Range. Ellie wants to be a target shooter instead of a hunter.

LOGAN – Hunter education graduates will be eligible to compete against each other in an upcoming competition.

Steve Basset manages the Cache Valley Public Shooting range and teaches hunter education classes to help kids learn how to use firearms safely.

On May 13 and 14 Utah’s Hunter Education graduates will showcase their shooting abilities and other outdoor skills in a two-day competition to be held at The Cache Valley Public Shooting Range at 2851 W. 200 North in Logan

The National Rifle Association Hunter Education Challenge has been going since 1987.

“We are expecting 30 to 50 youth competitors trying to earn trophies and prize packages,” said Levi Bassett, shooting sport coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “The youth will compete in various categories ranging from rifle and bow shooting to wildlife identification and orienteering.”

Winners will not only earn trophies they will also have an opportunity to compete in a national competition. Visit the DWR Eventbrite page to learn more about the event.

The program is designed to help young hunters, ages 6 to 18, who have already passed hunter education develop and improve their hunting, marksmanship and safety skills.

Every year, Utah hosts a state YHEC competition. The competition challenges young hunters in eight events: four shooting and four knowledge events. Participants at the state competition have a chance to compete in the international competition against competitors from all over the United States and Canada.

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