RALEIGH, NC (April 22, 2022) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 44th Educational skills tournament for young hunters state championship on April 30 at John F. Lentz Hunter Educational Complex at Ellerbe. Competition is held at the senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on overall scores in all events.
The Wildlife Commission held nine district competitions in March, which served as qualifiers for the state competition, with more than 3,500 middle and high school students participating. This year, 300 teams from 193 public and private schools, homeschool associations and 4-H clubs participated. The results of the district competitions are available on the agency website.
Sixty teams (34 from the senior division, 26 from the junior division, and 14 individuals) will compete at the state level in rifle, shotgun and archery shooting, orienteering, and examination of hunter responsibility.
The championship represents an opportunity for competitors who have progressed from district events to showcase shooting and outdoor skills as well as knowledge gained through the Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Education Program.
“It’s been two years since our last in-person tournament due to the pandemic, and our coaches and participants came out last season ready to compete,” said Carissa Daniels, outreach manager for the Wildlife Commission. “Teams spent hours practicing safe shooting sports and educating hunters. We’re all looking forward to seeing them shine at the state tournament.
Although the contest is open to students 18 and under, the Wildlife Commission offers free hunter education classes and advanced hunter education on a regular schedule for all ages. For more information, visit ncwildlife.org/huntered or call 919-707-0031.