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

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

adult and youth rifle shoot sports action

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.

2 kids looking at target with arrows

In 2020, the traditional annual invitational is going to be different. 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.

4-H shooting sports events year round

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.
In 2020, the traditional annual invitational is going to be different. 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.
Teams of 3-6 youth compete on their knowledge of dairy cattle, dogs, general livestock, horses, lamas, poultry, rabbits and wildlife.

Levels of learning

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Fairs and exhibits

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Contacts

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

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