The 4-H Shooting Sports program had the largest number of participants this year in regard to state competition, as 16 youth displayed their talents in archery, air rifle, rifle and trap.The shooting sports program trains youth to handle and shoot firearms in a safe manner.
The program teaches leadership and responsibility while offering fun activities. If desired, the youth also can participate in competitive events.
Competition isn't the main focus of the program, but safety and youth development are among the program's top priorities.
The program has five disciplines: Shotgun, 12- and 20-gauge; Rifle, .22 caliber bolt action, pellet and BB; pistol, Pellet and .22 cal.; muzzleloader, rifle and pistol; archery, compound (bare and recurve) bow hunter and target.
Youth development is the No. 1 goal of 4-H shooting sports education. Other objectives are:
To enhance development of participants' self concept, character and personal growth through safe educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activities.