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This July 27 will be the fourth time the Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports program will have a day promoting the largest 4-H project group in Missouri. Demonstrations will show how 4-H members compete, because the promotion day or “promo day” will again be held in conjunction with the 2013 Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Meet. Anyone interested in 4-H and/or the 4-H Shooting Sports program is welcome to attend and see 4-H members in action!
The meet/promo day event will be at Lolar Branch Outdoor Sports LLC, 4775 Highway H, Silex from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is an open house for the public as well. The shooting sports projects are archery, hunting and outdoor skills, pistol (air and .22 caliber), rifle (air and .22 caliber), shotgun, muzzleloading and western heritage and cowboy shooting.
The shooting sports program is committed to developing youth with a healthy respect for shooting sports safety. Participants are taught the importance of their responsibility of safety in shooting sports. 4-H members are able to be enrolled in more than one shooting sports project at a time, but they are responsible for learning safety in all the shooting sports projects as required for all 4-H shooting sports project members. 4-H is open to all children from ages 8 to 18. While 4-H shooting sports members can attend the Missouri Hunter’s Education program to obtain their Heritage Card, this option is only available for members 11 years of age or older. For those 4-H members 8 to 18 years of age who are too young to attend the Hunter’s Education class or do not wish to attend the class, a six hour required 4-H Shooting Sports Safety class is scheduled for members to be able to shoot in the shooting sports projects. The promo day is designed to have certified leaders explain the commitment needed to take part in the shooting sports.
Along with promoting the shooting sport program to the youth, the promo day is also designed to promote the need for additional adult 4-H leaders for the shooting sports projects. While all 4-H leaders are subject to a background check, 4-H shooting sports leaders must also give a weekend to attend a workshop to be certified.
More details of suggested equipment to participate in the shooting sports programs and requirements involved will be available from certified 4-H shooting sports project leaders, parents, members and 4-H project leaders, who will be available as ambassadors during the event. These ambassadors will be available to show potential 4-H members around the ranges and answer questions regarding the equipment and safety information. Information will be available. A food stand will have refreshments.
The 2013 Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Meet is the annual county level competition during which the members throughout the county compete with the other members in their same age division in each of the different projects. The 4-H age divisions are Junior, age 8-10 years of age; Intermediate, age 11-13 years of age; and Senior, 14 -18 years of age. The required minimum of 10 hours of practice shooting will be seen on the range as the members do their best on this one day to obtain their highest score and win a medal or ribbon for their efforts.
If you would like to join 4-H, enrollment forms and information will be available at the promo day or by contacting the Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Office at (636)528-4613. Information regarding the Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports program is also available by contacting Theresa Pope, Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, at (636)358-0036.