Shooting Sports Resources for Indiana 4-H Instructors and educators

The objective of the 4-H Shooting Sports Education program is to teach safe use of archery and firearm equipment while helping youth grow and develop into happy, healthy, and contributing adults.

Objectives of Indiana 4-H Shooting Sports

The 4-H Shooting Sports program strives to enable young people, their parents, and adult volunteers to become responsible, self‑directed, and productive members of society. Educators, volunteers, instructor, and coaches must understand the goals and objectives of the program in order to manage or present it properly. These goals and objectives are consistent with the goals and objectives of the entire 4‑H program. The program transfers knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop human capital, using the subject matter and resources of the land‑grant universities.
The specific goals and objectives of the 4‑H Shooting Sports program include, but are not limited to, those listed below:
  • To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior, including sound decision making.
  • To enhance development of self‑concept, character, and personal growth through safe, educational, and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activity.
  • To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment self‑discipline and concentration.
  • To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting, and hunter education programs using experiential educational methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.
  • To expose youth to the broad array of vocational and lifelong hobbies related to Shooting Sports.
  • To strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities.
  • To encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through shooting, hunting, and related activities.
Find out about the 4-H Shooting Sports program in your (Indiana) county by contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office.
Why does Indiana 4-H offer a Shooting Sports Program? Read our Position Statement.

Thanks to our many program supporters: Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement;  Friends of the NRA; National Wild Turkey Federation; and many conservation clubs and councils across Indiana!

Find out about the 4-H Shooting Sports program in your (Indiana) county by contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office via the listing at: county office.

Instructor/Educator Information & Resources

  • Resources, training programs, and equipment manufacturers
  • Firearm Purchases
  • Equipment sources
    • Federal Premium Ammunition Youth Rimfire Direct Sale Program - information and order form - Order Information, 2018.

    • Resource List - a list (Word document) of many different resources for 4-H shooting sports.

    • Pyramyd Air, 2014

      • Pyramyd Air is one of the largest suppliers of air guns & pellets to the shooting sports. We offer several programs that can make it easier for you to enjoy this sport. Click here for more information.

    • Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) partnership with 4-H:

      • “This Letter of Agreement establishes a comprehensive ‘Alliance’ for promotion of the shooting sports, marksmanship training and firearm safety to the youth of America.”

      • Membership in CMP is open to 4-H members and 4-H programs can (optional and to be determined by local 4-H staff) recognize CMP scores towards 4-H activities. There are benefits to joining CMP, but it is completely optional. Website: www.thecmp.org/, click on "Clubs"

The Randolph County Shooting Sports Extravaganza, The Randolph County 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza is held the last Saturday in June at the Farmland Conservation Club. Visit the Extension webpage and look for the link to this event for more information and the registration form.The event includes a round robin of Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle, Shotgun, Pistols, and Fishing. 120 spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Randolph County Extension Office for more information
  •  Please note: The following Shooting Sports events and activities may be of interest to 4-H Shooting Sports Youth and adults. Although they are sponsored by other organizations they all seek to intrest youth in shooting, natural resources, and striving to be their best.

    • Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC)
      YHEC is a program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters and is sponsored by the NRA. Participants get hands-on training in eight skill areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game.

    • NMLRA , Friendship, Indiana. For additional information visit http://www.nmlra.org/

    • NASP - National Archery in the Schools Program , https://www.naspschools.org/

    • Indiana NASP - National Archery in the Schools Program , www.indiananasp.com/

    • National Shooting Sports Foundation (www.nssf.org/shooting/) This site has links to the following topics: Firearm Safety, Shooting Sports, Learn to Shoot, What's New in Your State, Find a Range, Find a Retailer, Youth/College Programs, Educational Materials, Modern Sporting Rifle, Newsroom, Resources for Ranges, Best Practices.

    • Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)

    • USA Shooting
      USA Shooting was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. It is USA Shooting's mission to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S., and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. The organization implements and manages development programs and sanctions events at the local, state, regional, and national levels. They sponsor the USA Passport Qualification program and other youth programs. See www.usashooting.org for more information.

Experiential learning distinguishes 4-H youth development education from many formal educational methods. Activities are designed so youth experience a learning activity, reflect on what they did (explore the meaning of the activity), generalize what they learned (to test the 4-H'ers comprehension and appreciation of the activity), and then think about how they can apply what they learned to other situations (generalize). You can help guide youth as they explore each activity by discussing each section.

Experience

Any shooting sports activity that you do with the 4-H youth qualifies as the "experience"
Suggestions for the types of questions you might ask:

Reflect

What did you learn to do today?
What was the goal of this activity?
Were you suprised about.... (how easy, how difficult, how fun, etc.) this activity was?
How could you practice what you learned at home?

Generalize

Why do you think your 4-H shooting sports instructor had you do this activity?
How can this activity help you become a better shooter (or citizen or hunter)?
How would you explaing what you did today to your friend or parents?
What are the important points to be learned from this activity?

Apply

How would you teach a friend the concepts you learned today?
What are some other areas where special safety rules and equipment are important?
Why is it important for all hunters to follow ethical procedures?
Why must safety rules be followed so carefully?
Why is self discipline and concentration so important in shooting sports?
How can learning self discipline and concentration in shooting sports help you in other areas of your life?
How do shooters show good sportsmanship?
Why must every shooter learn all they can about the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment?
How can shooting become a life-long recreational activity?
How can participation in shooting sports and hunting lead to learning more about our natural resources?
What careers are possible that would require a knowledge of and/or experience in shooting?
What lifelong hobbies can shooters be involved in?

Tree Stand Training (animation w/audio)

NASP range layout (PPT; PDF-1/page; PDF-2/page)

Range Safety Rules

Where to Shoot (NSSF)

Round Robin

Note: Indiana Exploring 4-H members (pre 4-H members) may not handle firearms – Purdue's liability coverage does NOT extend to that age group.

Other Programs:

Indiana Youth Participation: 1984 - 2018

4-H Shooting Sports: 4-H Program overview 

Coordinators Recertification Training, Next session: September 15, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Indiana Certification Workshop - held at Ross Camp
  • All workshops will be held at Ross Camp in Tippecanoe County.
  • Registrations are due two weeks before the workshop IHEA.
  • IHEA will provide map and agenda via e-mail
  • Note: all disciplines have a minimum and maximum number of participants.
  • Future Workshop Dates:
    • Spring, 2022: April 1-3, Ross Camp
    • Fall, 2022: September 9-11, Ross Camp
    • Registration: IHEA website (electronic Registration Form & Health Form)

Promotional brochure: Adults (4-H-707), Youth (4-H-707Y)

Indiana Policy Statement

Note: Purdue's liability coverage extends to 4-H members and certified instructors only.

Indiana Position Statement

4-H Shooting Sports Welcome Letter Template to welcome members and their families to 4-H Shooting Sports

Safety meeting: Agenda - Quiz Project completion and exhibits Indiana

4-H Shooting Sports Youth manual (The Education Store, enter 4-H-950 in the Store Search box) Instructor's Guide, 4-H-1007-W - includes answers to youth manual ID's, word finds, cross-word puzzle, and experiential learning, and poster suggestions.)

Indiana 4-H web page

Indiana 4-H Shooting Sports Project Page