RATON, N.M. — The Yadkin Patriots youth hunter safety team placed second at the National Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, New Mexico in July. The Youth team included team members; Garrett Poindexter, Samuel Odom, Zachary Seats, Jacob Williams, Joshua Long and coaches Carson Hobson and Brian Poindexter.
The Patriots came out strong and finished in second place with an overall score of 7788. The team had outstanding scores in each skill area. The Patriots scored 725 in Hunter Orienteering Skills, 1240 in Hunter Responsibility Exam, 881 in Hunter Safety Trail, 1140 in Hunter Wildlife Identification, 1142 in Archery, 580 in Muzzle-loader, 1090 in Shotgun, and 990 in Hunting Rifle.
In the individual category, Seats placed sixth, Williams placed 13th, Poindexter placed 18th, Long placed 21st, and Odom placed 38th. Seats placed first overall in Orienteering with a score of 240, while Poindexter placed first in the Responsibility Exam with a score of 275. In the Cherokee Run, Williams placed second in Juniors with a score of 125 and a time of 4:45.59. Coach Poindexter placed first in the coaches run with a score of 125, and a time of 5:51.72.
While the Youth team placed second, the Forbush Falcons senior team placed 18th with an overall score of 7183. The team scored 675 in Hunter Orienteering Skills, 1130 in Hunter Responsibility Exam, 915 in Hunter Safety Trail, 920 in Hunter Wildlife Identification, 1133 in Archery, 500 in Muzzle-loader, 1000 in Shotgun, and 910 in Hunting Rifle.
The National Youth Hunter Education Challenge is the pinnacle of the YHEC program. Top-ranked individuals come together, annually, from all across the country to compete for the YHEC National Championship. This event is the most advanced of all YHEC events, and requires all participants to have completed a hunter safety course, as well as a YHEC event at the state level. This unique opportunity allows youth to meet and learn with fellow participants and coaches, and demonstrate the skills they have acquired through hunter education to prove they are the future generation of responsible and ethical hunters.