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Come see 4-H shooting sports in action

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

4-H Clover

The Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Meet is on Saturday, July 22.
As shooting sports is the largest 4-H project group in Missouri, 4-H project leaders would like to invite the public, who might be interested in joining 4-H, as well as any existing 4-H members, who want to see the shooting sports projects available for enrollment, to see why it is the largest 4-H project. The current 4-H members compete at the 2017 Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Meet, which is also the promotion day or “promo day”.
The event will be at Lolar Branch Outdoor Sports LLC, 4775 Highway H, Silex, from 8 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. It is recommended to come early to see the majority of the events.
The shooting sports program is committed to developing youth with a healthy respect for shooting sports safety. 4-H is open to all children from ages 8 to 18.
Participants are taught the importance of their responsibility of safety in shooting sports as they must attend a one time, six hour required 4-H shooting sports safety class before being able to shoot. The shooting sports project disciplines, as they are called, are air pistol, air rifle, archery, hunting and outdoor skills, smallbore pistol (.22 caliber), smallbore rifle (.22 caliber), shotgun, muzzleloading and western heritage and cowboy shooting. Members are able to enroll in more than one shooting sports project at a time, but they are responsible for learning safety in all the disciplines as required for all shooting sports project members.
The 2017 Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Meet is the annual county level competition during which the members throughout the county compete with the other county members in their same age division in each of the different projects. The 4-H age divisions are Junior, age 8-10 years; Intermediate, age 11-13 years; 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 county medal or ribbon for their efforts.
Along with promoting the shooting sport program to the youth, the day is also designed to show the need for additional adult leaders for the shooting sports projects. While all 4-H leaders are subject to a background check, shooting sports leaders must also participate in a weekend workshop to be certified in one discipline in which they would like to share their knowledge.
The promo day is designed to have certified shooting sports leaders explain the commitment needed to take part in the shooting sports program. 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.
This year , project leaders hope to have a special demonstration of the newest shooting sports project, Western Heritage and Cowboy Shooting.
Project leaders would like to thank Federal Premium® Ammunition for the opportunity they give us to purchase affordable ammunition for the youth in our program to use in their 4-H projects. Without the ammunition, particularly the .22 ammunition, members would probably not be able to afford to practice for the ten hours or compete in the county and state shoots.
For members enrolling for the Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018 4-H year, there are special opportunities. Normally, 4-H members must have their own equipment (i.e. bow, pistol, rifle, shotgun, etc.), but this program is fortunate the past three years to be the recipients of three Missouri Friends of NRA grants, through their NRA Foundation which provides equpment.
This equipment gives members a chance to see if they would like to continue in the project before they make a major purchase and to, perhaps, try a different bow or gun before they commit to a different project.
If you would like to join 4-H, enrollment information will be available at the promo day or by contacting the Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Office at (636)528-4613.