The second annual Wyoming State Youth Hunter Education Challenge was held May 9, 2009, at the Upton Gun Club Range and the Inyan Kara Bowhunters range.
The challenge consisted of two age groups with six events and one exhibition event. Participants came from all across the state to compete for the chance to go to Nationals in New Mexico.
The participants were Thomas Davis, Osage; Jody Black, Rozet; Corbin Thompson, Upton; Wyatt Dunn, Gillette; Baxter Felion, Rozet; Kjersti Buckley, Upton; Colton Buckley, Upton; James Lewis, Newcastle; Tyler Lewis, Newcastle; Skyler Gabel, Cody; Virginia Anderson, Torrington; William Anderson, Torrington; Paul Blais, Sundance; Ray Blais, Sundance; Scott Lindstrom, Upton; Teal Schmidt, Sturgis, S.D.; Bryce Conzelman, Oshoto; Caleb Thompson, Upton and James Shults, Pine Bluffs.
The individual event winners in the Junior Division were:
Archery: 1. Skyler Gabel; 2. Teal Schmidt; 3. Corbia Thompson
Sporting Clays: 1. Skyler Gabel; 2. Teal Schmidt; 3. Colton Buckley
Wildlife ID: 1. Corbin Thompson; 2. Skyler Gabel and William Anderson; 3. Jody Black
Hunter Education Exam: 1. Skyler Gabel; 2. Corbin Thompson; 3. William Anderson
.22 Rifle: 1. Teal Schmidt; 2. William Anderson; 3. Skyler Gabel
Hunter Safety Trail: 1. Corbin Thompson; 2. Jody Black
Muzzleloader Exhibition: 1. Byrce Conzelman
Overall Junior Winners: 1. Skyler Gabel; 2. Teal Schmidt; 3. Corbin Thompson
The individual winners in the Senior Division were:
Archery: 1. Caleb Thompson; 2. James Shults
Sporting Clays: 1. James Shults; 2. Caleb Thompson
Wildlife ID: 1. James Shults and Caleb Thompson (tie)
Hunter Education Exam: 1. James Shults; 2. Caleb Thompson
.22 Rifle: 1. James Shults; 2. Caleb Thompson
Hunter Safety Trail: 1. Caleb Thompson; 2. James Shults
Muzzleloader Exhibition: 1. Caleb Thompson
Overall Senior Winners: 1. Caleb Thompson; 2. James Shults
All 19 participants qualify for Nationals in July in New Mexico.
*ARTIFACTS IN TORRINGTON: Stone Age points and other artifacts will be on display during the Western History Center's second annual Native American Artifact Show in the Rendezvous Center Brand Room at the Goshen County Fairgrounds May 30-31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person or $5 a family.
Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota collections will be featured, including items from the Clovis period, 11,500 years ago.
For more information, call the Western History Center, 837-3052.