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4-H clover 4-H shooting sports and wildlife program

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In the 4-H shooting sports and wildlife (SS&W) program, you can learn important life skills through safe and educational experiences

You'll explore firearms safety and the importance of conserving Minnesota's natural resources. Trained and certified 4-H leaders throughout Minnesota lead this program at the local level. 

  • Wildlife (All ages)
  • BB gun (3rd grade & older)
  • Archery (3rd grade & older)
  • Air rifle and air pistol (4th grade & older)
  • .22 rifle and .22 pistol (6th grade & older)
  • Muzzleloading (6th grade & older)
  • Shotgun (6th grade & older)

What can you learn?

  • Ethics, sportsmanship and responsibility
  • Leadership skills
  • Safe storage and handling of firearms and archery equipment

4-H shooting sports events

To run a county or multi-county shooting sports and wildlife program, instructors must be certified by Minnesota 4-H. Leader certification trainings are designed to cover the essential knowledge and rules to become a certified 4-H county instructor.

Young people from across Minnesota will have the opportunity to compete in local meets in events including archery, muzzle loader, shotgun, air rifle, .22 rifle and air pistol. Skillathon, wildlife calling, conservation projects and cast iron cooking will be available in a virtual format.

Program information



Nicole Pokorney, Extension 4-H youth development educator, pokorney@umn.edu

Reviewed in 2022

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