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4-H Shooting Sports Education project

June 6, 2017

Shooting Sports Education

 Four State Fair Entries
One from each level 
(updated for 2017)

Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned in shooting sports education this year. Exhibits must be displayed horizontally, sized 22" x 28", mounted on a firm backing (foam-core board or other), and covered in clear plastic or other transparent material. Be sure to include a label with your name, grade, and county. Title your exhibit with one of the following: archery, outdoor skills, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, shotgun, or shooting sports. You can use a subtitle, if you wish.

All posters, notebooks, and display boards must 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 web site 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 part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

Important Notes:

Any ammunition or arrows used in your exhibit must be completely inert (unusable).

¬ Projects involving firearms, bows, arrows, ammunition, may be exhibited 
    as a photographic display on a poster or in a notebook following grade level

¬  Handmade items must include information explaining how the project
     was made and its intended use.

Level 1 Grade 3 through 5

Exhibit a poster showing what was learned in the 4-H Shooting Sports project.

Level 2 Grades 6 through 8

Choose one of the following options: 
Exhibits MUST meet the size restrictions or be presented in a notebook.

1. Poster
2. Small project or model no larger than 18 x 18 x 36 inches.
3. Notebook, showing how a shooting sports item was made, or project completed.

Level 3 Grades 9-12

Choose one of the following options.

1. Poster.
2. Project or model (any size) and explanation of costs and procedure.
3. Notebook, showing how a shooting sports item was made, or project completed.

Level: Independent Study: Grades 9 - 12  


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."

Shooting Activities

Provided there are a sufficient number of Certified Instructors, project members will be given opportunities to practice the various shooting disciplines in which they are enrolled, as well as participate in competitive shooting events. Safety, education, and wholesome recreation are the priorities of this project. Youth should not expect to participate in shooting activities without prior safety instruction from a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Education Instructor.  There will be a small fee requested to help offset the costs of ammunition, targets, and other project needs.

¬ Archery- For grade 3 and up. Equipment is not required, but members are
                  encouraged to provide their own, subject to a safety inspection by

¬ Air Rifle- For grade 3 and up. Equipment is not necessary. If a member 
                   chooses to bring his or her gun, it is subject to an inspection by
                   an instructor.

¬ .22 Rifle- For grade 5 members who have completed two years of Air Rifle,
                   grade 6 with one year of Air Rifle, or grade 7 and above. Equipment
                   is not necessary. Members bringing their own rifles will need to have
                   them inspected by the instructors.

¬ Shotgun- For members in grade 5 who have completed two years of Air Rifle,
                    grade 6 with one year of Air Rifle, or grade 7 and above.

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