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Lakeland YHEC Invitational Tournament

Lakeland Youth Hunter Education Challenge Invitational Tournament. Youth will be competing in archery, shotgun, and Wildlife ID/Orienteering. Awards will be given to the top three places in each event and a $5.00 fee per shooter covers lunch and drinks during the event.

When: 8/24/2019
Where: Tenoroc Shooting Center
3755 Tenoroc Mine Rd.
Lakeland, Florida  33805
United States
Contact: Jason Tackett

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This event is a local tournament to test YHEC participants skills and knowledge of the shooting sports and hunting situations. This is a great introduction as to how the state and national tournaments will take place but in a smaller less pressured environment. Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be given out to the top finishers in each discipline. 

All firearms, bows, arrows, ammunition, safety equipment, and food/drinks will be provided. It is suggested to bring your own personal safety gear, shooting gear, and firearms. It is strongly encouraged for parents to bring folding chairs to watch the tournament as most areas have limited to no seating for spectators. There is a fee of $5.00 per shooter. This fee will cover food (pizza & chips) and drinks during the tournament. Adults may purchase additional meals for themselves or siblings for $5.00 each. Checks will need to be made out to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida or cash at the day of the event. 

The event will start promptly at 10am. Participants will meet at the Tenoroc Hunter Safety Classroom, across the street from the shooting range.  All participants will need to be checked in and shooting group assignments made by 9:30am. At 9:35am a safety briefing will occur and is mandatory for all participants. Missing the safety briefing will result in missing the first scheduled event with a score of zero. 

Below are the general guidelines to the tournament. Coaches and parents may not coach/instruct youth. This is a tournament to reflect whether their skills are adequate and/or needing improvement. 

Archery: Participants will shoot 2 arrows at 10 different 3D animal targets ranging from 5 - 35 yards at unknown distances. Any type of bow may be used but the bow many only have 1 front stabilizer no longer than 12 inches. All arrows must have field/bullet points only (no broadheads).  Arrows must be carried in a quiver and it is suggested to bring 5-6 arrows. Sights can have no more than 6 sight pins and contain no magnification. Range finders, spotting scopes, and scopes may not be used.Scoring is as follows: 10pts. for heart shot (center 2 rings), 8 points for lung shot (outer large oblong ring) and 5 points for any shot on the animal outside these 2 areas. An arrow striking the stump on the turkey, a support base, or antler will be scored as ZERO points. Arrows missing the targets will score as Zero.  

Shotgun: Participants will shoot 4 clays from 5 stations out of the five stand area for a total of 20 clays. Clays will be thrown in single, report pair, or true pairs. Each clay chipped or broken will score 10pts. All loss clays will result in zero points. Shotguns must be of 12ga or smaller and contain shot size of #7.5, #8, or #9. Only 2 shells may be loaded in the firearm at a time. 

Wildlife ID/Orienteering: Participants will travel an outdoor trail. The trail will have stations containing tasks or questions (hands on, multiple choice, and practical live exercises) pertaining to wildlife ID, orienteering, distances, and map reading. Participants will answer the questions on an answer sheet. Participants may bring their personal compass and a pace chart written on a card no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches. The card may only contain pace information, no other information may be present on the card. Prohibited items include phones, books, calculators, written text (excluding pacing card), and talking with fellow teammates, coaches, and parents.