Extension Logo
Extension Logo
University of Minnesota Extension

Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

4-H clover 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Project

See this page in: English

drawing of target

What you'll do

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.

  • 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 (7th grade & older)
  • Muzzleloading (7th grade & older)
  • Shotgun (7th grade & older)

What you'll learn

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

4-H shooting sports events

There are no upcoming events. Check out other 4-H events.

4-H shooting sports events year round

To run a county or multi-county shooting sports & 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.
In this annual competition, about 800 young people from across Minnesota compete in archery, muzzle loader, shotgun, air rifle, .22 Rifle, air pistol, silhouette fun shoot and a skill-a-thon. It culminates the year-long shooting and wildlife project. More than 16 events are awarded to 10 places.
Teams of 3-6 youth compete on their knowledge of dairy cattle, dogs, general livestock, horses, lamas, poultry, rabbits and wildlife.

Levels of learning


Already enrolled in the 4-H Shooting Sports Project?


Fairs and exhibits



Nicole Pokorney, 4-H youth development educator, pokorney@umn.edu or 1-507-536-6304

Judy Christians, SS&W events manager, chri1420@umn.edu, 507-372-3900, ext. 3902 

Reviewed in 2020

Share this page:

© 2020 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.