Shooting Sports Resources for Indiana 4-H Instructors and educators
4-H Shooting Sports Instructors,
Thank you for your support of the youth in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Your willingness to assume this role allows young people to learn about the safe handling of firearms and archery equipment. This page is designed to provide you with some additional information and resources to help you complete your role effectively.
If you are not yet certified as a 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor, please contact the Purdue Extension Office in your county for more information!
- Each individual who wishes to volunteer on behalf of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program in Indiana must:
- Be an approved Indiana 4-H Volunteer
- Complete the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Training Workshop in the discipline(s) for which you will be teaching youth
- Certification Workshops are conducted through a partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Hunter Education Division and the State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee
- Workshops are held at Ross Camp in Tippecanoe County.
- Registration opens approximately 6 weeks before the workshop is scheduled. Registration will conclude 10 days before the workshop, unless the sessions fill to capacity before then.
- Registrations are handled by the Indiana Hunter Education Association.
- Dates for upcoming workshops are:
- March 31 - April 2, 2023
- September 8-10, 2023
- The Coordinator Handbook includes policies and procedures, risk management strategies, and resources designed to support the youth and adults who participate in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. While the Coordinator Handbook is required reading for all County Coordinators, it also contains information that is useful to 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors, Parents, and Members!
- The most current version of the Handbook is: Spring 2023. Major sections of the handbook include:
- 4-H Policy and Procedures
- Managing the County Program
- Running Meetings
- Instructor Resources
- Youth Resources
- Youth Educator Responsibilities
- Supplemental 4-H Shooting Sports Program Policies are provided.
- Recertification for 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinators is required every 5 years. Recertification includes participation in a webinar and the successful completion of a quiz.
- The recording from the 2022 recertification program is here.
- The PowerPoint slide deck from the 2022 recertification program is here.
- 4-H Shooting Sports Project page – includes exhibit requirements and information for 4-H members about related college majors, careers, and resources.
- Promotional brochures: Adult (4-H 707) and Youth (4-H 707Y)
- 4-H Shooting Sports Youth Manual (visit the Education Store, enter 4-H-950 in the search box)
- 4-H Shooting Sports Brassards, Patches (visit the Education Store, enter Shooting Sports in the search box)
- Sample Range Rules
4-H Youth Development Extension Educators and 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinators and Instructors work together to ensure that appropriate risk management policies are followed. In addition to information included in the Handbook, below are some resources that help with this process.
- 4-H Shooting Sports Inventory Worksheet
- Letter for verifying location of equipment on personal property
- 4-H Shooting Sports Range Plan
- Accident/Incident Report Form, RM 27
- Range Safety Rules
- Firearm Purchases Template letter
- Club and Meeting Documents
- 4-H Club Financial Documents
- Purdue University letter authorizing 4-H Shooting Sports programs in Indiana.
Files related to the 2023 State 4-H Shooting Sports Competitive Events include:
- State Event Synopsis
- General Guidelines
- Archery, Rifle, and Pistol (May 13) Reminders
- Shotgun (May 20) Reminders
- Event Registration Instructions - coming soon
Results from the 2022 State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition:
- Archery, Rifle, Pistol (May 14, 2022)
- Shotgun (May 21, 2022)
Additional questions regarding the 2022 State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition were addressed by Dave Osborne during a webinar on April 18, 2022. Click here to view the video. Contact Dave at email@example.com for further information.
The Randolph County 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza is held the last Saturday in June at the Farmland Conservation Club. Visit the Randolph County 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.