Youth Hunter Education Challenge winners announced

June 28, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- Winners of the Maryland Youth Hunter Education Challenge have been announced.

The annual event, held June 12 to 14, drew 77 young people from across Maryland to the Potomac Fish and Game Club near Williamsport to test their hunting skills.

In the senior division, Cumberland placed first; Mayberry, second; and Carroll County, third, according to Terry Toms III, vice president of the Potomac Fish and Game Club. In the junior division, Mayberry took first place; and Carroll County took second and third places, Toms said.

Overall individual winners in the senior division were Zack Snider, first; Brant Hawkins, second; and Tyler Lease, third, Toms said. Junior division winners were Levi Hartsock, first; Jacob Leimbach, second; and John Wood, third.


Anyone 18 years old or younger who passed the state's hunter education course could participate in the competition.

The competitors spent June 13, either individually or as a team of five, competing in rifle, archery, shotgun, muzzleloading, orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter safety trail and hunter responsibility categories.

Participants at senior or junior levels earned points for each event.

Bob Davis of the Maryland Hunter Services Department of the National Rifle Association said the Youth Hunter Education Challenge began in 1984 as a pilot program and was launched the following year.

Nationally, more than 50,000 young people participate in the program.

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