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Shooting sports & wildlife leader certification

In order to run a county or multi-county shooting sports & wildlife program, instructors must be certified by Minnesota 4-H. The leader certification trainings are designed to cover the needed knowledge and rules to become a certified 4-H county instructor.

Fall 2014 SS&W leader training

October 3-4, 2014

Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisades, Minnesota

The fall training will be a pilot for condensing the information and length to better meet the needs of our 4-H families and volunteers. The training will run from 6 p.m. on Friday night to 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Overnight accommodations are available at the facility. Participants will need to be screened and complete three on-line volunteer training modules prior to attending the training. Details of the pilot will be in the registration materials.

Iowa has two additional 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training workshops scheduled in the next few months:
1. Southwest Iowa (Page County Fairgrounds; 200 S. Sixth St., Clarinda, IA) - Aug. 23-24, 2014
2. Eastern Iowa (Izaak Walton League, Dubuque Chapter; 11001 Thunder Hill Road, Peosta, IA) - Sept. 19-21, 2014
More information and registration

Minnesota 4-H SS&W spring trainings
April 25-26
Ahlman's, Morristown, Minnesota
Crookston, Minnesota

Who can attend?

4-H youth leaders grade 9 and higher, and adult 4-H volunteers. All youth must be enrolled in the current 4-H year, and all adults must be enrolled as screened adult volunteers before participating in this certification training. County or regional Extension offices are responsible for recruiting participants for the shooting sports & wildlife leaders certification training.

Get involved - be a host county!

Has your county ever considered hosting a shooting sports/wildlife leader training? Do you have an interest in hosting an event within the next year? Would you like to host one close to your county so your volunteers could get trained close to home? If you answered yes to any of those questions, please read on!

There are several opportunities for shooting sports/wildlife leader trainings and we are looking for host sites throughout Minnesota. It would involve a weekend (typically a Friday night through Sunday noon, for a total of 20 hours of training time) in which leaders come and get training in a specific discipline.

If you would have an interest in hosting a shooting sports/wildlife leader training, please contact Nicole Pokorney, Rochester Regional Office, 507-536-6304 or


To get involved with the 4-H shooting sports program, contact your county 4-H staff.

Nicole Pokorney
4-H Youth development educator

Kia Harries
4-H Youth development educator
1-507-372-3900 EXT 3908

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