youth hunting education challenge (YHEC) program

This is a nationally recognized program designed to provide a safe, practical environment to reinforce and test young hunters’ firearm, safety, and outdoor skills. From rifle, bow, and muzzle loader shooting, to wildlife identification, map-and-compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight skills areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game. Youths join local YHEC teams to train and compete at these skills. In Louisiana, all YHEC coaches are Hunter Education volunteers, and their donated time spent training youths in the program counts as state matching funds for federal grant monies. LDWF hosts the state competition where teams from around the state compete for the privilege of competing at the national level.    

For more information contact John Sturgis at jsturgis@wlf.la.gov.