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Shooting Sports

November 13, 2019
Shooting Sports


  Project Rules:

  1. ALL completed record sheets and manuals/activity books must be turned in to the 4‑H Club leader by July 8, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4‑H Club Member's Record Book.”
  2. If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of this Insight book. It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.      
  3. Any member, regardless of age, in his or her first year of the Shooting Sports project must complete a Safety Course before continuing any other project work. It is highly recommended that this be the IDNR Hunter Safety Education Course. Parents are encouraged to complete the course with their child. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS MADE.
  4. The commands or instructions of the instructor or range officer must be followed immediately and completely. HORSE PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! The instructor or range officer has the right to ask any member or parent to leave or to remove him/her from the firing line, if his/her actions endanger himself or his/her fellow members or the property around him, or if he/she is disrupting instruction.
  5. Members must not bring their own firearms to any meeting unless they have received permission from the instructor to do so. Members may be asked to bring their own ammunition. Any firearms/ ammunition must be turned over to the instructors immediately upon arrival.
  6. A range fee may be required to offset the cost of ammunition, targets, teaching aids, etc.
  7. Maintain a shooting log, diary, or field notebook to record shooting sports activities.
  8. Each participant must complete a shooting sports record sheet, which should show the personal objectives or goals and the progress made toward them each year, and place it in the 4-H'ers green record folder.
  9. Title your exhibit with one of the following: archery, hunting, muzzleloading, pistol, rifle, shotgun or shooting sports. You can use a subtitle, if you wish.
  10. Exhibits must meet size restrictions or be presented in a notebook. Projects involving firearms, bows, arrows or ammunition may be exhibited as a photographic display on a poster or in a notebook following grade level guidelines.
  11. Display boxes (shadow box) must be 18 x 24 inches, no more than 3 inches deep, and displayed horizontally.
  12. Handmade items must include information explaining how the project was made and its intended use. Photos are encouraged.
  13. For those divisions requiring a notebook as part of the exhibit, a three-ring binder works well.  Notebook cover should be neat and attractive.  Notebooks should include detailed information about how your project was completed with photographs to document your work, where appropriate. 
  14. Any of the suggested exhibits included in the Shooting Sports material may be used.  Target sheets do not need to be included. 


Important Notes:


Exhibit Requirements: 

LEVEL 1: Grade 3-5  (One State Fair entry)

Exhibit: A poster showing what was learned in the 4-H Shooting Sports Project.


LEVEL 2: Grade 6-8  (One State Fair entry)

Exhibit one of the following: Exhibits MUST meet the size restrictions or be presented in a notebook. All exhibits, other than posters, must include an explanation of costs (time and money) and procedures.


LEVEL 3: Grade 9-12  (One State Fair entry)

Exhibit one of the following: Exhibits MUST meet the size restrictions or be presented in notebook. All exhibits, other than posters, must include an explanation of costs (time and money) and procedures.


**Some options for posters include (but aren’t limited to):

× Shooting, Archery or Hunter Safety
× Wildlife management or natural history
× Proper shooting technique in your chosen discipline
× Instruction in a particular type of hunting or wildlife observation
× Motivation toward community action on conservation issues
× Career opportunities related to shooting sports and wildlife


**Notebooks should include detailed information about how your project was completed. Target sheets do not need to be included. Photographs are encouraged to help judges see your progress.


LEVEL 4: Grade 9-12 - Independent Study (One State Fair Entry)


Advanced Topic - Learn all you can about an advanced shooting sports topic and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list of the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Shooting Sports - Independent Study”.

Mentoring - Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, “Advanced Shooting Sports - Mentor”.


For the Indiana DNR Website's listing of Hunter Safety Certification Training Dates, click here


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