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Shooting Sports & Wildlife

Shooting Sports & Wildlife builds skills in the safe use of firearms and archery, and teaches youth about wildlife, the environment, habitats, and the importance of protecting Minnesota's natural resources. Wildlife education may include environmental awareness talks, a trip to forest resource centers, floods and natural disaster clean-up, or canoe trips to explore topography changes.

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Shooting Sports & Wildlife

Shooting Sports & Wildlife

Build skills in the safe use of firearms and archery and the importance of protecting Minnesota's natural resources.

Wildlife Biology

Learn about wildlife populations, diversity, the elements that impact their habitats, and how to become a steward of the land.


4-H Cloverbuds explore and learn about the world in a non-competitive environment by doing fun activities with the guidance of parents or other adult helpers.


Learn about ecosystems, how to protect water quality, and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own.

Fishing Sports

Learn about fish species, habitats, gear, baits, lures, regulations, and careers related to fishing.


If you find that no single project is quite right for you, you can develop your own project. Be your own researcher, scientist, artist, communicator, and evaluator. Ask your local 4-H leader or Extension staff for resources to help create your own project area.

State & regional events

To view county or local club events, visit the county website.

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Shooting Sports & Wildlife Leader Certification

Shooting Sports & Wildlife instructors must be certified. This is a weekend training designed to cover the needed knowledge and rules to become a certified instructor in one discipline: Archery, Muzzle loading, Shotgun, Air Rifle/Air Pistol/.22 Rifle, Wildlife and Coordinator. It covers life skills, state regulations, and content skills needed for each of the six disciplines. Learn more about SSW leader certification.

4-H Regional & State Project Bowls

Project Bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. Project Bowls are available for Dairy, Dog, General Livestock (Beef, Sheep & Swine), Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Shooting Sports/Wildlife projects. Winners of the Regional Project Bowls advance to the State Bowl. Read more about Project Bowls.


Minnesota State 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational

4-H youth in grades 3 - one year past high school who have completed 15 hours of shooting with a certified instructor and eight hours of wildlife education may participate in the following areas: Archery, Muzzle loading, Shotgun, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Silhouette Fun Shoot and a Skill-a-thon. Learn more about the SSW Invitational.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. Learn more about 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair.

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