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Shooting Sports & Wildlife Project

Explore firearms safety and the importance of conserving Minnesota's natural resources. Learn the safe use of air pistols, air rifles, .22 cal. rifles, shotguns, black-powder guns and archery. 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. Watch this video and see what 4-H youth are doing in 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife.

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 knowledge and rules to become a certified instructor in one of these disciplines: 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. More info

Minnesota 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. More info

4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

Earn a spot from the state shoot and have an opportunity to attend this week-long national shoot. More info

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. You can compete in these categories: dairy, dog, general livestock (beef, sheep & swine), horse, poultry, rabbit and wildlife projects. Winners of the regional bowls advance to the state bowl. More info

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 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. More info

Ambassador program

The Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for youth leaders, grades 9-13th, to promote and enhance the Minnesota 4-H State SS&W Program. Ambassadors positively represent the SS&W Program at state, regional, and local levels.

Applications for new SS&W Ambassadors are due Aug. 24, 2015. Training will be Oct. 3-4 in Perham.


To get involved with the 4-H Shooting Sports Project, contact your county 4-H staff.

Nicole Pokorney, Extension educator

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