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 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 you'll 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.
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
All shooting sports & wildlife activities are supervised by adults. Find a club near you or contact your local 4-H office for more info.
Get started on your own
- Shooting sports hot sheet from Iowa 4-H (free download)
- Minnesota 4-H SS&W monthly e-newsletter: Get current SS&W events and resources. To subscribe, contact Nicole Pokorney.
- Shooting Sports and Wildlife Advancement Guide
- Project bowl sample questions
- Civilian Marksmanship Program
- Find shooting ranges in your county
- National Shooting Sports Foundation
- Archery in the parks
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Hunter safety classes
- Hunters Education
- National Wild Turkey Organization
- Pheasants Forever
- Parks & Trails TV - Minnesota
- Federal Youth Shotshell Program
- Skill-a-Thon master keys
- 4-H youth record keeping
- 4-H Wildlife Biology Project
- Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)
Already enrolled in the 4-H Shooting Sports Project?
The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for people in grades 9-13. Ambassadors promote and enhance the Minnesota 4-H State SS&W Program. They take part in a two-day leadership training and they positively represent the program at state, regional, and local events throughout the year.
Project resources for volunteers
Find volunteer support materials for this project and much more on the volunteer site.
To volunteer with 4-H in your area, contact your local 4-H office.
Fairs and exhibits
- Explain safety techniques in a video or photo display
- Identify key field game, including animal habitat, features, differences
- Report on your work as a leader in this project
- Report on what ethical behavior looks like in the shooting sports project
- Make a taxidermy display
- Show and serve a game dish that you have prepared
What a judge is looking for (project evaluation sheet)
County fair judging - what's that like?
4-H youth record keeping helps you reflect on your project and share what you did and learned.
Find out how to become a judge.
Nicole Pokorney, 4-H youth development educator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-536-6304
Judy Christians, SS&W events manager, email@example.com or 507-372-3900, ext. 3902
Reviewed in 2022