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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.

Spring SS&W training, Redwood Area Community Center, Redwood Falls

March 29-30, 2014

The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program Development Committee invites you to attend this shooting sports & wildlife leader certification! (The committee recommends that leaders attend the entire certification weekend every 5 years and this is your chance to attend!)

This 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife training is designed for adults and youth that lead or would like to lead training in shooting sports or wildlife. Classes will be offered in the disciplines of Coordinator, Archery, Rifle/Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzle loading, and Wildlife. This training meets the 4-H project leaders' requirements for certification and recertification. Although there is range time allocated in the schedule, the majority of the training is classroom work to become an effective instructor, not to practice your own shooting skills.

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.

Iowa 4-H shooting sports instructor training

May 2-4, 2014

The Iowa Spring 2014 4-H shooting sports instructor training will be held May 2-4, 2014, at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid, Iowa. Training will be offered in archery, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, wildlife skills and county 4-H SESS coordinator.

Registration Information Information will be posted as soon as it is available.

Fall 2014 SS&W training

October 4-5, 2014

To be held at Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisades, MN. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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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